A prisoner on the run for more than a week after disappearing from a charity work placement has been recaptured, police said today.
Convicted robber and burglar John Jackson, 48, disappeared on May 16 with a quantity of cash from a charity shop in Ipswich where he was meant to be working.
Suffolk Police said the prisoner, who was serving an indeterminate sentence at Hollesley Bay prison for aggravated burglary, burglary and robbery, was recaptured in Ipswich this morning.
“He has been taken into custody at Martlesham police investigation centre where he will be interviewed by officers before being returned to the prison system,” a police spokesman said.
He said Jackson was spotted in the Christchurch Park area of the town just after 11am by officers on their way to another incident and arrested a short time later.
Police said he had been dropped off for his work in Felixstowe Road around 8.40am on May 16.
He collected the keys but when another member of staff arrived a short time later he had disappeared, along with some cash.
A prison van containing Dale Cregan – the killer of Police Constables Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone – was involved in a road collision in the Preston area on the way to court, sources said.
The van was travelling to Preston Crown Court, where Cregan has been on trial.
Four prison officers suffered minor injuries and have been taken to hospital for treatment, while one prisoner was injured, Greater Manchester Police said.
A statement said: “A road traffic collision occurred by the roundabout at the exit of junction 31A of the M6 northbound.
“The collision involved two prison vans on the way to Preston Crown Court as part of a high profile trial.”
Sources said the crash was simply a collision between two prison vans.
It is understood prison vans in convoy have to travel close together so no vehicles can come between them.
During his trial, one-eyed Cregan admitted he murdered four people and attempted to murder three others.
In the second week of the case at Preston he changed his pleas to guilty to killing policewomen Pc Hughes, 23, and Pc Bone, 32, and on Wednesday – in week 17 of the hearing – he admitted to taking the lives of father and son David Short, 46, and Mark Short, 23.
The 29-year-old also changed his pleas to guilty to attempting to murder three other men as he gunned down Mark Short in the Cotton Tree pub in Droylsden, Greater Manchester, last May but remains on trial as he continues to deny one remaining count of attempted murder.
It is understood Cregan is not the injured prisoner.
The collision is the second time in eight days that vans containing Cregan and his co-defendants have been involved in a crash.
Last Thursday evening, as the convoy made its way back from Preston to HMP Manchester, two prison vans and a police car were involved in a shunt.
The collision caused damage to both prison vans and minor damage to the police car.
Four prison officers received minor injuries, as did a number of prisoners who were travelling in the vehicles.
A man who killed three children he was babysitting and impaled them on garden railings has had his anonymity lifted.
David McGreavy, 62, was jailed for life in 1973 for the murders of four-year-old Paul Ralph and his sisters Dawn, two, and nine-month-old Samantha.
He killed them at their home in Gillam Street, Worcester, in April 1973.
In 2009 a judge imposed a ban on naming him during a hearing to protect him from other prisoners. The High Court has now overturned the ban.
In January, McGreavy made a request to be moved to an open prison and his lawyers had argued that would put his name back in the spotlight and his life at risk.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling and media organisations argued the application was legally flawed and wrongly prevented the public from knowing the full facts of the case.
McGreavy was lodging with the family at the house in Gillam Street when he carried out the killings.
‘Monster of Worcester’
Paul had been strangled, Dawn was found with her throat cut, and Samantha died from a compound fracture to the skull.
The killings earned McGreavy the nickname the “Monster of Worcester”.
The anonymity ruling was made in 2009 during a hearing when McGreavy unsuccessfully challenged a ruling that he must remain in Category C prison conditions.
On Wednesday, Guy Vassall-Adams, representing the justice secretary and the media organisations objecting to the ban on naming McGreavy, told the court: “The full facts are exceptionally horrific by even the standard of
“The order restricted the media to saying they were ‘three sadistic murders’ but that doesn’t even give you the half of it.”
Lord Justice Pitchford, sitting in London with Mr Justice Simon, ruled the anonymity order must be discharged.
The High Court heard David McGreavy had been in prison for 40 years, during which time he had been seriously assaulted in 1975 and 1996 by fellow prisoners.
His counsel Quincy Whitaker told the court naming him would put him in more danger from other prison inmates.
Ms Whitaker told the court McGreavy had previously spent two years in an open prison until “hostile media coverage” led to him being returned to closed conditions “for his own safety”.
The court heard McGreavy was first transferred to category D open conditions in 1994 but the transfer to Leyhill Prison in south Gloucestershire broke down after other inmates learned of his offence.
Ms Whitaker said the triple killings were “notorious” but no concerns had been subsequently raised about his behaviour.
Name change possibleThere were “more than reasonable grounds” for a fair parole hearing that could mean him being returned to open conditions, which was a pre-requisite for release from custody, she said.
The judge held out the possibility that in future McGreavy could be allowed a change of name to protect him.
He said McGreavy’s ninth parole review was under way and a hearing could be held later this year.
Since 2007 McGreavy has made a number of failed bids to win parole, the court heard.
The Worcester MP at that time, Mike Foster, called for McGreavy to never be allowed back to the city and described the murders as an “absolutely vile crime”.
McGreavy is currently living in closed conditions in a vulnerable prisoners’ unit
- April 1973 – Murders Paul, Dawn and Samantha Ralph
- Jailed for life later that year
- 1994 – Transferred to open prison (category D) then back to closed prison conditions (Category C)
- 2007 – One of a number of bids for parole refused
- 2009 – Told he must remain in under closed prison conditions and anonymity order granted
- May 2013 – Anonymity order lifted with ninth parole review underway
Police are hunting for a prisoner who has absconded from prison and carried out a string of robberies, including in the South West.
Lyndon Stein, 49, has robbed travel agents and building societies in Avon and Somerset, Gloucestershire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Oxford in the past three weeks.
Stein absconded on April 29 from HMP Spring Hill, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, which is a Category D open prison.
The following day he committed a robbery at a hair salon.
On May 5 Stein struck again, this time at Thomas Cook in Clifton, Bristol, before making his way to Gloucester where he targeted the Leeds and Holbrook building society on May 7.
A further robbery occurred at around 2.30pm on Thursday May 9 in Bristol.
Stein entered the Britannia building society in Fishponds and made off with a substantial amount of money.
He then made his way to Warrington on May 15 targeting a Lloyds TSB branch and Thomas Cook in Makerfield, Cheshire.
An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman: “This week alone he has struck at Santander in Gloucestershire on Saturday and Thomas Cook on the High Street in Kingswood shortly after 4pm last night.
“His crime spree is thought to have totalled thousands of pounds.
“We’d now like to speak to Stein or anyone who knows where he is.”
He is described as white, stocky and normally carries a plastic carrier bag when committing offences.
The High Court rules today on whether anonymity should continue to be given to a killer who committed “exceptionally horrific crimes”.
The gagging order was made in response to fears that the killer’s own life would be in danger if his identity received further publicity.
Justice Secretary Chris Grayling and various media organisations joined together to argue last month that the order was legally flawed and wrongly prevented the public from knowing the full facts of the case.
“The full facts are exceptionally horrific by even the standard of murders,” their counsel Guy Vassall-Adams said.
The order restricted the media to saying they were “three sadistic murders – but that doesn’t even give you the half of it”.
Even “the nature of the victims” could not be publicised, said Mr Vassall-Adams at London’s High Court.
The order was made during the course of a legal challenge by the man, referred to as M, who has spent decades in prison, against a Parole Board decision refusing him a transfer to open conditions.
It was was granted by Mr Justice Simon, who dismissed M’s parole challenge earlier this year.
He rejected submissions from the Press Association that allowing anonymity set a precedent for other high-profile prisoners to seek similar orders.
Because of the widespread implications, the issue returned to court in April for a full hearing before Lord Justice Pitchford.
Mr Vassall-Adams told the judges M’s lawyers were arguing the case was about “whether the media should be allowed to imperil (M’s) life or scupper his chances of rehabilitation”.
He said those arguments really applied to a different type of case in which individuals – like Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, who killed James Bulger – were provided with a new identity and there were injunctions against the media aimed at protecting them from being attacked while living in the community.
“The injunction protects confidential information, which is the new identities. It doesn’t prevent the media reporting what is already public,” said Mr Vassall-Adams.
M had already been in prison over 30 years serving multiple life sentences and there was no imminent prospect of him being released – “furthermore his identity has not only been public but received massive previous publicity”.
Anyone interested in finding out about his crimes could do so by a click of a button on the internet, Mr Vassall-Adams said.
Not allowing the nature of his victims to be identified “masked” what the case was about, which was the Parole Board’s refusal to recommend that he was fit for open conditions.
“Understanding the nature of the victims and the terrible treatment meted out to them gives a completely different complexion to this whole case”, Mr Vassall-Adams said.
Some of what’s inside the May edition…..
SEX PEST COP JAILED
HUHNE & PRYCE FREED ON HDC
LEGAL HELP WITH ADJUDICATIONS – SWAIN & CO
TOP COP QUITS ON THE QT
DRUG-DEALING COP JAILED
MET COPS ACCUSED OF UNDERWORLD CONSPIRACY
STORY 4 CASH COP JAILED
COPS CLEARED OVER DEATH
1 PUMP COURT BARRISTERS ON LEGAL AID CUTS
SAVILLE: THE MISSED OPPORTUNITIES
MACKESYS 24HR CRIMINAL LAWYERS – ARE YOU DUE FOR RELEASE?
CASH POINT GANG NET £29m IN HOURS
SHRIEN DEWANI – FULL EXTRADITION NEARS
HMRC PRESS OFFICER TO BE CHARGED
SALFORD PRISON VAN ESCAPE
CORRUPT HMP WAKEFIELD OFFICERS LOSE THEIR APPEALS
COPS CRITICISED OVER DEATH PLUNGE
ALLEGED CORRUPT WPC IN COURT
THE BITTEN BUM THAT COULD BE A PAIN IN THE ARSE
CONSCRIPT – READERS LETTERS: BANNING PRISONERS FROM LEGAL AID
COPS SLAMMED FOR EXCESSIVE FORCE
CONQUEST – READERS LEGAL LETTERS ANSWERED BY WELLS BURCOMBE SOLICITORS
MURDER SENTENCE GUIDELINES ‘TOO RESTRICTIVE’
FACING THE MUSIC
HAZELL: MOTHER JUST WANTS ANSWERS
CUT THUMB COP GETS £5000
PRISON OFFICER ‘HEARD NO COMPLAINT’ FROM DEAD INMATE
POLICE IN NW £3.8m DRUGS BUST
LAWRENCES SOLICITORS – ONLY A FOOL REPRESENTS THEMSELVES
PRISON IN LOCK DOWN AFTER GANG VIOLENCE
PRISON OFFICER ARRESTED
THE PRISONS HANDBOOK 2013 – THE DEFINITIVE 1,200 PAGE ANNUAL GUIDE TO THE PRISON SYSTEM
POLICE FORCE PAYS OUT £550,000 IN COMPENSATION – JUST FOR STARTERS
INDIAN ACTOR SANJAY DUTTA SURRENDERS TO JAIL
RAPE ACCUSED DESERVE ANONYMITY
UNDULY LENIENT SENTENCES INCREASED
HESLING HENRIQUES WIN RECORD PAYOUT FOR INJURED PRISONER
MUSLIM PEER RESIGNS DAY BEFORE HEARING
DON’T ROT ON RECALL – FARADAYS SOLICITORS
HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE – £4.5m WINE FRAUD
KYLES LEGAL PRACTICE – FAMILY LAW FOR PRISONERS
ONEILL MORGAN SOLICITORS – PRISON PERSONAL INJURY SPECIALISTS
COP ANONYMITY PLEA REJECTED
SPOTLIGHT ON HMP THAMESIDE
1000+ COPS IN DAWN RAID
A senior judge has said the current sentencing tariff system “works against” the interests of those who would like to see “really long” jail sentences imposed for murder– but critics say he should ‘button his judicial lip’.
Judge William Davis QC, a senior circuit judge at Birmingham Crown Court, made the comments at the Police Federation conference after the Home Secretary announced plans to enforce “whole life” sentences for cop killers.
Asked if he thought the proposal could work, Judge Davis, a member of the Sentencing Council, said: “Speaking purely personally here, not on behalf of Sentencing Council, the problem with the current tariff system for murder is its rigidity.
“It sometimes works against the interests of those who would like to see really long sentences.”
Judge Davis alluded to the case of American David Bieber, who murdered Pc Ian Broadhurst and attempted to murder Pcs Neil Roper and James Banks in 2003 in Leeds.
He said the judge wanted to give Bieber a whole life tariff but this was ultimately denied by the Court of Appeal and his term was set at a minimum of 37 years.
He said: “If there was a degree of judicial independence and discretion one could well imagine that a judge would say for doing what that man did, that’s his whole life.
“As a judge I would prefer a degree of flexibility, which currently there isn’t, particularly in relation to tariffs for murder.”
There have been 12 direct killings of police officers in the course of duty since 2000 – including the murder of Pcs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes by one-eyed Dale Cregan in Greater Manchester last year.
Another high profile case where a police officer died was that of Ian Dibell, an off-duty officer who was shot as he tried to stop a gunman.
Steve Williams, chair of the Police Federation, said: “The public need to have confidence that the criminal sentence they read about in the paper is the sentence the offender completes.
“There is no hierarchy when it comes to victims of murder, however police officers risk their lives on a daily basis confronting danger on behalf of others.
“Would-be offenders must know that they will receive the most severe penalty possible.
“In the names of Fiona Bone, Nicola Hughes and Ian Dibell – three police officers murdered in the last year alone – we support any move that means a true life sentence will be applied to anyone who murders a police officer.’”
David Hanson, shadow policing minister, said: “As the Shadow Home Secretary said last year, the killing of a police officer is a particularly heinous crime that should be punished with the severest possible sentences. We will support any efforts to achieve that aim.”
However, Mark Leech editor of Converse the national newspaper for prisoners said the calls for more judicial discretion in sentencing was a backward step.
Mr Leech said “Giving Judges more discretion about sentencing is a backward step, it would turn back the sentencing clock 20 years.
“Let’s not forget the reason why we have sentencing guidelines, and a Council to devise them of which Judge William Davis QC is a member, is because history showed that when judges had no guidelines sentences were a lottery, dependent on the prejudices and politics of the sentencing judge.
“If Judge Davis believes the current guidelines on murder are too rigid then as a member of the Sentencing Council he is better placed than many judges to argue for those guidelines to be changed – until he can do that he should either resign from the Council or, in public, button his judicial lip.”
Former Cabinet minister Chris Huhne and his ex-wife were both freed from prison today after serving around a quarter of their eight-month sentences for swapping speeding points.
Huhne, a former energy secretary and once-aspiring Liberal Democrat leader, left Leyhill Prison in Gloucestershire by the main entrance in the back seat of a silver Honda, making no attempt to avoid waiting media cameras.
His ex-wife, economist Vicky Pryce, earlier emerged from East Sutton Park Prison near Maidstone, Kent, via a back exit and left with her solicitor Robert Brown, pursued by press photographers who been camped outside the Category D open jail for women and young offenders.
Huhne will return to the London home he shares with PR adviser Carina Trimingham.
The former Eastleigh MP left Pryce in 2010 as his affair with Ms Trimingham was about to be exposed, ending his 26-year marriage to Pryce and leading her to reveal the speeding points swap to newspapers in a bid to “nail” him.
Pryce is expected to return to her home in Clapham, south London.
The former couple were each handed eight-month prison sentences on March 11 for perverting the course of justice a decade ago when Pryce took speeding points for her then husband.
Huhne finally pleaded guilty to the offence on the first day of their trial in February after months of staunch denials and several attempts to get the case thrown out, while Pryce was later convicted by a jury after a retrial at Southwark Crown Court when her defence of marital coercion failed.
Both will now have to wear electronic tags, used to enforce either a timed curfew or a place of residence, as a condition of their early release.
For sentences of less than a year, an offender is automatically released after serving half of their sentence.
In addition, offenders serving sentences of between three months and four years, with certain exceptions for violent and sexual offenders, may also be eligible for release on a home detention curfew (HDC).
This allows an offender to be released up to 135 days before their automatic release date.
The family of a murdered prison officer who was widely believed to have been killed by the IRA has held a meeting with Sinn Fein President, Gerry Adams.
Brian Stack, who was Chief Prison Officer at Portlaoise Prison in the Irish Republic, was shot in Dublin in 1983. He died 18 months later.
The IRA never claimed responsibility for the murder, but his family believe he was targeted because of his job.
His son, Austin Stack, described the meeting as very productive and genuine.
Two of the murdered officer’s sons met Mr Adams at the Irish houses of parliament in Dublin on Thursday evening.
Speaking after the meeting, Austin Stack told the Irish state broadcaster RTE that no promises has been made, but that the Sinn Fein president had agreed to help them as best he could.
Mr Stack added that his family felt the offer was genuine and said they are due to meet Mr Adams again in about four weeks.
His father was shot in the back of the neck as he walked along Dublin’s South Circular Road shortly after leaving a boxing tournament.
He was the only prison officer to be assassinated in the Republic of Ireland during the Troubles.
The man who carried out the shooting escaped on a motorbike, driven by an accomplice.
The prison officer was left brain damaged and paralysed from the neck down by the shooting and died from his injuries.
Austin Stack, the eldest of his three children, was 14 at the time of the shooting and is now the assistant governor of Wheatfield Prison in west Dublin.
He said he believes the IRA carried out the attack because his father thwarted a number attempts by members of the paramilitary group to escape from Portlaoise Prison and to smuggle weapons into the high security jail.
Mr Stack has said he wants the IRA to admit responsibility for his father’s murder and his family want answers and closure from their discussions with the Sinn Fein president.
They have asked Mr Adams to speak to his contacts about the killing in the hope they can find out who carried it out and why.
“We’re not looking for any form of revenge. We would like to sit down with those people, talk to them and get some form of responsibility.”
Mr Adams, who stepped down as MP for West Belfast to become a member of the Irish parliament two years ago, has consistently denied that he was ever a member of the IRA.
Speaking after the meeting, the Sinn Fein president told RTE it had been a “good” and “comprehensive discussion”.
“There are many families who are looking for closure. It may be that I won’t be able to help but I certainly have the desire to be of assistance,” Mr Adams said.
He added: “We have each agreed to go off and reflect on what was said. And we have agreed to meet again.”
A worldwide gang of criminals stole £29 million in a matter of hours by hacking their way into a database of pre-paid debit cards then draining cash machines around the world, US prosecutors said.
Seven people are under arrest in the US in connection with the case, which prosecutors said involved thousands of thefts from ATMs using bogus magnetic swipe cards carrying information from Middle Eastern banks.
The fraudsters moved with astounding speed to loot financial institutions around the world, working in cells including one in New York, Brooklyn US Attorney Loretta Lynch said.
She called it “a massive 21st-century bank heist” carried out by brazen thieves.
One of the suspects was caught on surveillance cameras, his backpack increasingly loaded down with cash, authorities said. Others took photos of themselves with giant wads of notes as they made their way up and down Manhattan.
Hackers got into bank databases, eliminated withdrawal limits on pre-paid debit cards and created access codes. Others loaded that data on to any plastic card with a magnetic stripe – an old hotel key card or an expired credit card worked as long as it carried the account data and correct access codes.
A network of operatives then fanned out to rapidly withdraw money in multiple cities, authorities said. The cells would take a cut of the money, then launder it through expensive purchases or ship it wholesale to the global ringleaders. Ms Lynch did not say where they were located.
It appears no individuals lost money. The thieves plundered funds held by the banks that back up prepaid credit cards, not individual or business accounts, Ms Lynch said.
She called it a “virtual criminal flash mob” and a security analyst said it was the biggest ATM fraud case she had heard of.
There were two separate attacks, one in December that reaped £3.2 million worldwide and one in February that snared about £26 million in 10 hours with about 36,000 transactions. The scheme involved attacks on two banks, Rakbank in the United Arab Emirates and the Bank of Muscat in Oman, prosecutors said.
The plundered ATMs were in Japan, Russia, Romania, Egypt, Colombia, Britain, Sri Lanka, Canada and several other countries, and law enforcement agencies from more than a dozen nations were involved in the investigation, US prosecutors said.
The accused ringleader in the US cell, Alberto Yusi Lajud-Pena, was reportedly killed in the Dominican Republic late last month, prosecutors said. More investigations continue and other arrests have been made in other countries.
An indictment unsealed yesterday accused Lajud-Pena and the other seven New York suspects of withdrawing £1.8 million in cash from hacked accounts in less than a day.
Such ATM fraud schemes are not uncommon, but the £29 million stolen in this one was at least double the amount involved in previously known cases, said Avivah Litan, an analyst who covers security issues for Gartner.
Middle Eastern banks and payment processors are “a bit behind” on security and screening technologies that are supposed to prevent this kind of fraud, but it happens around the world, she said.
“It’s a really easy way to turn digits into cash,” Ms Litan said.
Some of the fault lies with the ubiquitous magnetic strips on the back of the cards. The rest of the world has largely abandoned cards with magnetic strips in favour of ones with built-in chips that are nearly impossible to copy. But because US banks and merchants have stuck to cards with magnetic strips, they are still accepted around the world.
Ms Lynch would not say who masterminded the attacks globally, who the hackers are or where they were located, citing an ongoing investigation.
The New York suspects were US citizens originally from the Dominican Republic, lived in the New York City suburb orf Yonkers and were mostly in their 20s. Ms Lynch said they all knew one another and were recruited together, as were cells in other countries. They were charged with conspiracy and money laundering. If convicted, they face 10 years in prison.
Arrests began in March. Lajud-Pena was found dead with a suitcase full of about 100,000 dollars in cash, and the investigation into his death is continuing separately. Dominican officials said they arrested a man in the killing who said it was a botched robbery, and two other suspects were on the run.