Sussex

Ford Open Prison absconder Christopher Street returned 13 years ago

  • 24 June 2014
  • From the section Sussex
Top row (left to right) David Blood, Craig Hayler, Steven Evans, Robert Donovan - Bottom row (left to right) Arben Nuredini, Timothy O'Leary, Derek Passmore and Christopher Street
Image caption Christopher Street (bottom right) handed himself in 13 years ago and completed his sentence

A man who was named as being on the run from Ford open prison in West Sussex actually handed himself in 13 years ago, it has emerged.

Christopher Street was named as one of eight fugitives most at risk of re-offending in a police appeal last week.

The 62-year-old went on the run from the Category D jail in November 2001 after being convicted of conspiracy to rob and firearms offences.

But he handed himself in four days later and completed his sentence.

Street was jailed for seven years for conspiracy to rob and firearms offences.

Det Sup Jez Graves, of Sussex Police, said: "In the initial scoping process of prioritising those absconders on whom we would put our initial focus, Mr Street was identified as one of those we were seeking.

"An officer has since identified that he is no longer wanted and he has been removed from the list."

Sussex Police said there were 87 inmates missing from HMP Ford.

Seven men who officers consider to be most at risk of re-offending remain at large.

They are:

  • David Blood, 48, absconded on 12 June. He was jailed for life for robbing a post office
  • Robert Donovan, 57, left Ford while on day release in 2010. He was jailed for life for murder after he stabbed a man to death
  • Steven Evans, 55, absconded in March 2013. He was jailed for life for assault. He attacked a man with a metal bar
  • Craig Hayler, 30, absconded on 10 March this year. He was serving 30 months for a burglary in Hove and has a series of convictions for burglary, theft and fraud
  • Arben Nuredini, 39, also known as Arben Alizoti, left Ford in 2005. He was jailed for seven years in 2004 for wounding
  • Timothy O'Leary, 59, absconded in 1997. O'Leary, who also uses the name Timothy McCarthy, was jailed for life for murder
  • Derek Passmore, 49, walked out of Ford in June last year while on day release. He was serving life for murder

The force has set up a unit to review absconders from the jail and since November, 25 offenders have been recaptured.

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