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Peterborough Prison: Prisoner Escapes

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have absconded from HMP Peterborough in each quarter since 1 April 2005; and if he will make a statement. (190020)

HMP Peterborough is a closed establishment. An abscond is defined as an escape from a situation without physical security or restraint (e.g. most areas of an open prison) or from a situation in which there were no staff present specifically assigned to guard a prisoner.

No absconds have occurred since HMP Peterborough opened in March 2005. In quarter three of 2007-08, a prisoner escaped while being escorted by prison staff at a local hospital. The prisoner was recaptured the following day.