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Tuesday, August 24, 1999 Published at 13:02 GMT 14:02 UK

UK: Wales

Warders cleared in 'cement mixer' escape

The privately-run Parc Prison opened last year

Three warders at a privately-run prison in south Wales have been cleared of negligence after an inmate escaped by jumping into a cement mixer.

Raymond Osbourne, 25, hid in the back of the mixer making a drop-off at Parc Prison, Bridgend.

He ducked down when it drove through prison gates but was captured four hours later.

[ image: The warders were cleared of blame for the incident]
The warders were cleared of blame for the incident
Operated by Securicor, Parc Prison opened last year and building work is still going on.

The three officers were suspended when details of the escape were revealed in June.

But an internal inquiry has cleared the three of blame for the incident.

A Securicor spokesman said: "All three have now returned to work.

"There was no disciplinary action because it was a procedural failing, not a staff failing. Procedures have since been rectified."

Osbourne - serving 17 months for violence - jumped in the mixer and hid as it went through the main gates.

He climbed out of the mixer 12 miles away at Port Talbot.

He was, however, arrested a few hours later and taken back behind bars.

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