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Dangerous prisoner walks out of prison

The Argus: Search is on for missing prisoner Search is on for missing prisoner

A criminal who walked out of an open prison a month ago is still at large.

Sussex Police are appealing for help to find Kevin Brown who left Ford Prison on April 10.

The 54-year-old is serving a life sentence imposed at the Old Bailey in 2007 for conspiracy to rob and firearms offences.

Brown is described as white, 6' 1" and muscular with short dark cropped hair.

Detective Inspector Dave Wardley-Wilkins said: "He may not be in the county at all or he could be hiding with someone in Sussex. He has friends and family across the south east.

"Brown committed very serious offences so has to be considered dangerous. If you see him, don't approach him but instead find somewhere safe and call 999."

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting serial 732 of 10/4 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk.

 

 

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10:03pm Wed 28 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

So they chose to release his name.........for a change.
So they chose to release his name.........for a change. ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 1

11:03pm Wed 28 May 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

How did he walk out of a prison?

No lifer should be at Ford - that place is like a holiday camp. Isn't it time the person in charge of this place was sacked? How many more people are going to go missing from this badly run place?
How did he walk out of a prison? No lifer should be at Ford - that place is like a holiday camp. Isn't it time the person in charge of this place was sacked? How many more people are going to go missing from this badly run place? getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 19

9:36am Thu 29 May 14

Goldenwight says...

It strikes me that Ford Prison is probably one of the safest places in Sussex- since everyone remotely dangerous appears to have left (with the possible exception of the staff who decide which lifers should be sent there in the first place).

Do you think they have any spare rooms for me where I can live in safety?
It strikes me that Ford Prison is probably one of the safest places in Sussex- since everyone remotely dangerous appears to have left (with the possible exception of the staff who decide which lifers should be sent there in the first place). Do you think they have any spare rooms for me where I can live in safety? Goldenwight
  • Score: 12

9:48am Thu 29 May 14

firemanste says...

category d prisoners should all be non violent people who are no danger to the public.these so called dangerous ones who just walk out should be kept of stayed in cat c jails where they work outside supervised by officers at all times.in cat d some work in the local community without anyone watching.prisoners have far to many rights and privilages that make a mockery of what they were sentenced for in the first place
category d prisoners should all be non violent people who are no danger to the public.these so called dangerous ones who just walk out should be kept of stayed in cat c jails where they work outside supervised by officers at all times.in cat d some work in the local community without anyone watching.prisoners have far to many rights and privilages that make a mockery of what they were sentenced for in the first place firemanste
  • Score: 15

9:50am Thu 29 May 14

Quiterie says...

"Brown committed very serious offences so has to be considered dangerous. If you see him, don't approach him".......

hhhmmmmmm...... kind of begs the question why was he in an Open prison in the first place...............
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"Brown committed very serious offences so has to be considered dangerous. If you see him, don't approach him"....... hhhmmmmmm...... kind of begs the question why was he in an Open prison in the first place............... ... Quiterie
  • Score: 23

10:52am Thu 29 May 14

maxiboy_ says...

Another day and another dangerous criminal walks back onto our streets. Support UKIP to get a real justice system working in Britain.
Another day and another dangerous criminal walks back onto our streets. Support UKIP to get a real justice system working in Britain. maxiboy_
  • Score: 0

12:54pm Thu 29 May 14

Fairfax Aches says...

usual sensationalist drivel from Argos, the police are hardly going to let a prisoner just "walk out" of prison. There may be more at play here, I suspect he was a political prisoner of some sort. The council should not be prosecuting people based on political views, this is not South Korea here.
usual sensationalist drivel from Argos, the police are hardly going to let a prisoner just "walk out" of prison. There may be more at play here, I suspect he was a political prisoner of some sort. The council should not be prosecuting people based on political views, this is not South Korea here. Fairfax Aches
  • Score: -13

3:04pm Thu 29 May 14

NickBrt says...

Conspiracy to rob and firearms don't sound like politics to me Fairfax! I wonder if civil liberties will be supporting him suing home office for not making his incarceration safe and secure from temptation?
Conspiracy to rob and firearms don't sound like politics to me Fairfax! I wonder if civil liberties will be supporting him suing home office for not making his incarceration safe and secure from temptation? NickBrt
  • Score: 3

3:31pm Thu 29 May 14

scuba1 says...

He looks like phelan from coronation street !
He looks like phelan from coronation street ! scuba1
  • Score: 0

4:26pm Thu 29 May 14

Sir Prised says...

Fairfax Aches wrote:
usual sensationalist drivel from Argos, the police are hardly going to let a prisoner just "walk out" of prison. There may be more at play here, I suspect he was a political prisoner of some sort. The council should not be prosecuting people based on political views, this is not South Korea here.
"... for conspiracy to rob and firearms offences. " - Which part of this is too difficult to understand and anyway, several violent characters have failed to return to Open prisons of late, including one who held up a Building Society within days. Punishment in this country from school to crime has become a joke and we're all suffering because of the leniency shown at all levels.
[quote][p][bold]Fairfax Aches[/bold] wrote: usual sensationalist drivel from Argos, the police are hardly going to let a prisoner just "walk out" of prison. There may be more at play here, I suspect he was a political prisoner of some sort. The council should not be prosecuting people based on political views, this is not South Korea here.[/p][/quote]"... for conspiracy to rob and firearms offences. " - Which part of this is too difficult to understand and anyway, several violent characters have failed to return to Open prisons of late, including one who held up a Building Society within days. Punishment in this country from school to crime has become a joke and we're all suffering because of the leniency shown at all levels. Sir Prised
  • Score: 3

6:49pm Thu 29 May 14

pearlygrey says...

Here's a newsflash for you: the vast majority of prisoners will be released someday. Only about 45 out of 80,000+ will never be released. Prior to release on licence, they will be tested via day release/overnight release. This guy just failed the Pepsi challenge, is all.

P.S. Grow up.
Here's a newsflash for you: the vast majority of prisoners will be released someday. Only about 45 out of 80,000+ will never be released. Prior to release on licence, they will be tested via day release/overnight release. This guy just failed the Pepsi challenge, is all. P.S. Grow up. pearlygrey
  • Score: 0

8:18pm Thu 29 May 14

NickBrt says...

Pearly grey didn't have her weetabix this morning, SO grumpy.
Pearly grey didn't have her weetabix this morning, SO grumpy. NickBrt
  • Score: 1

10:19pm Thu 29 May 14

Grumpy0ldman says...

Grumpy ??
Grumpy ?? Grumpy0ldman
  • Score: 0

10:22pm Thu 29 May 14

Grumpy0ldman says...

Being serious for a minute. Keep the dangerous guys (and girls) locked up please
Being serious for a minute. Keep the dangerous guys (and girls) locked up please Grumpy0ldman
  • Score: 3

10:32am Fri 30 May 14

Watchdog50 says...

Quiterie wrote:
"Brown committed very serious offences so has to be considered dangerous. If you see him, don't approach him".......

hhhmmmmmm...... kind of begs the question why was he in an Open prison in the first place...............

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Absolutely agree. If someone walks out of an open prison and the public are advised not to approach that person, they should never have been there and such consideration should have been given when deciding whether Brown was suitable for downgrading and transfer.

I have friends in the prison service and they're as annoyed and frustrated by the whole thing as the public are. Probably more so actually as they have to have daily contact with such people while not having the same protection and control options as their colleagues in closed prisons. In addition, they're the ones labelled incompetent when inevitably, these prisoners abscond. However, they (including the governors) have no control over who gets sent to Cat D (open) prisons. That's a Home Office decision.

Following the recent spate of walk-outs, a number of safeguards were put in place. One of these was the suspension of day releases and some home visits. Prison officers that I spoke to claimed that this was just going to make matters worse. First of all, a very low percentage of those prisoners who had absconded were on temporary release at the time. Secondly, they feared that prisoners who would not normally be considered a flight risk would choose to abscond as a direct result of these restrictions. These concerns have since been realized.
[quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: "Brown committed very serious offences so has to be considered dangerous. If you see him, don't approach him"....... hhhmmmmmm...... kind of begs the question why was he in an Open prison in the first place............... ...[/p][/quote]Absolutely agree. If someone walks out of an open prison and the public are advised not to approach that person, they should never have been there and such consideration should have been given when deciding whether Brown was suitable for downgrading and transfer. I have friends in the prison service and they're as annoyed and frustrated by the whole thing as the public are. Probably more so actually as they have to have daily contact with such people while not having the same protection and control options as their colleagues in closed prisons. In addition, they're the ones labelled incompetent when inevitably, these prisoners abscond. However, they (including the governors) have no control over who gets sent to Cat D (open) prisons. That's a Home Office decision. Following the recent spate of walk-outs, a number of safeguards were put in place. One of these was the suspension of day releases and some home visits. Prison officers that I spoke to claimed that this was just going to make matters worse. First of all, a very low percentage of those prisoners who had absconded were on temporary release at the time. Secondly, they feared that prisoners who would not normally be considered a flight risk would choose to abscond as a direct result of these restrictions. These concerns have since been realized. Watchdog50
  • Score: 0

10:50am Fri 30 May 14

Watchdog50 says...

Fairfax Aches wrote:
usual sensationalist drivel from Argos, the police are hardly going to let a prisoner just "walk out" of prison. There may be more at play here, I suspect he was a political prisoner of some sort. The council should not be prosecuting people based on political views, this is not South Korea here.
I actually have to defend the Argus here (never thought that would happen). This is one of their reports which I don't believe is embellished, dramatized or hyped up. It simply reports that a detainee has walked out of prison...which he has, and includes the police assessment of that person and the threat level. There's no opinion, supposition, conjecture, criticism or inflammatory content. It's exactly what I like to see in a news article.

No-one, especially the police (I really can't understand why they keep getting dragged in to things over which they have absolutely no remit or control) has LET this guy walk out. Ford is little more than a hostel where there are roll calls a few times a day.

As for being a political prisoner, well in a sense he was imprisoned for his beliefs.....The belief that he should be allowed to commit violent offences against others without interference.
[quote][p][bold]Fairfax Aches[/bold] wrote: usual sensationalist drivel from Argos, the police are hardly going to let a prisoner just "walk out" of prison. There may be more at play here, I suspect he was a political prisoner of some sort. The council should not be prosecuting people based on political views, this is not South Korea here.[/p][/quote]I actually have to defend the Argus here (never thought that would happen). This is one of their reports which I don't believe is embellished, dramatized or hyped up. It simply reports that a detainee has walked out of prison...which he has, and includes the police assessment of that person and the threat level. There's no opinion, supposition, conjecture, criticism or inflammatory content. It's exactly what I like to see in a news article. No-one, especially the police (I really can't understand why they keep getting dragged in to things over which they have absolutely no remit or control) has LET this guy walk out. Ford is little more than a hostel where there are roll calls a few times a day. As for being a political prisoner, well in a sense he was imprisoned for his beliefs.....The belief that he should be allowed to commit violent offences against others without interference. Watchdog50
  • Score: 0

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