Man with history of violence who escaped custody held at Exeter Prison
A man with a history of violence who escaped from private security contractors while in a police station yard is being held in Exeter prison this morning.
Questions will be asked in Parliament after the Plymouth man appeared in Crown Court yesterday charged with escaping lawful custody.
The man had appeared at Plymouth Crown Court on Wednesday having admitted assault causing actual bodily harm.
En route staff from private security firm GEOAmey stopped off at Crownhill police station and the prisoner was allowed to use the toilet.
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Before he was taken into the station the handcuffed man ran off then climbed over a wire mesh fence and headed towards some local shops.
According to police, they were called at 12.25pm on Wednesday to be told the man had escaped GEOAmey's custody.
Police said the man was grabbed by officers at 12.33pm, following alerts by a member of the public.
A GEOAmey spokesperson told The Plymouth Herald: "We can confirm that on Wednesday March 13 a person absconded from custody at Crownhill police station. He was subsequently re-apprehended and is now safely in custody.
"We have begun an investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident and appropriate action will be taken once this investigation has been completed."