Monday, 7 November 2016


It is thought the convicts may have left mannequins in their beds before cutting through bars and climbing a wall.


The entrance to Pentonville Prison in north London
Image Caption:The entrance to Pentonville Prison in north London
Two prisoners have escaped from Pentonville prison in north London, the Ministry of Justice has announced.
Sky's Crime Correspondent, Martin Brunt, said the men, aged 28 and 31, may have left "mannequins" in their beds. 
Mike Rolfe from the Prison Officers' Association told Sky News the inmates had cut through bars before escaping via their cell window and climbing the wall.  
An unconfirmed report suggested they had sliced through the bars using diamond-tipped cutting equipment. 
One of the convicts is said to be serving a 25-year sentence.  
Mr Rolfe added that the escapees would have had help from outside, and that equipment may have been sent in by drone.  
The Metropolitan Police said it was called to Pentonville at 11.44am on Monday. 
It added that officers from Islington were trying to locate the two escaped convicts. 

The inside of Pentonville Prison in north London
Image Caption:Pentonville is a Victorian jail that opened in 1842
A spokeswoman from the Prison Service said: "Public protection is our top priority and we take escapes from custody extremely seriously. 
"We are working closely with the police and are urgently investigating the matter." 
Last month a 21-year-old inmate, Jamal Mahmoud, died after being stabbed in Pentonville, while two others were injured in the same attack.
A convicted murderer, John Massey, escaped the north London jail in 2012 after managing to climb a wall using a rope made out of bed sheets, before being recaptured after 48 hours on the run. 
The category B prison, which opened in 1842, holds more than 1,200 men.
The former Justice Secretary, Michael Gove, described Pentonville last year as "the most dramatic example of failure" within the prisons estate.