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Inmate absconds from open prison
David Alan Price
Price was a third of the way through his sentence
A drugs offender is the latest prisoner to abscond from a controversial open jail in Derbyshire.

David Alan Price, who was serving a seven-and-a-half year sentence, failed to return to Sudbury prison on Sunday after being allowed out on day release.

Price, 32, from Wem, Shropshire, was sentenced at Worcester Crown Court in August 2004 for drugs offences.

More than 660 inmates have walked out of Sudbury in the past 10 years, including five convicted killers.

Price is described as white, 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall, of medium build, with short, dark brown hair and brown eyes.

At the beginning of February, prison officers met MPs at Westminster and called for changes at Sudbury. The Prison Officers' Association said they wanted Sudbury to drop "open" from its name and get a bigger fence installed.

The Prison Service said that due to the nature of an open prison, it could never guarantee that inmates would not abscond from jails like Sudbury.

It added that the absconding rate was at its lowest level for 10 years.

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