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Another inmate absconds from jail
Tony Michael Bennett
Tony Michael Bennett's last known address is Birmingham
Another prisoner has absconded from Sudbury Open Prison in Derbyshire - the second in three days.

Tony Michael Bennett, 36, was sentenced to seven years for burglary offences at Birmingham Crown Court in 2004.

He absconded from the jail on Tuesday. More than 660 inmates have walked out of Sudbury in the past 10 years, including five convicted killers.

Bennett, whose last known address was in Birmingham, is described as 5ft 10in, of slim build with brown hair.

He has brown eyes and several tattoos, including dots on his face.

Bigger fence

David Alan Price, who was serving a seven-and-a-half year sentence for drugs offences, 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.

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.




SEE ALSO
Inmate absconds from open prison
20 Feb 07 |  Derbyshire
Officers demand changes at prison
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06 Jan 07 |  UK Politics
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05 Jan 07 |  England

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