Search for HMP Wandsworth prisoner released by mistake

Ryan Byrne Image copyright Met Police
Image caption Ryan Byrne was released in error from Wandsworth Prison in south London

A convicted robber serving a nine-year sentence has been let out of a south London jail by mistake.

Police are hunting for Ryan Byrne, 34, who was released in error from Wandsworth Prison.

The Prison Service informed the Met Police Byrne had been released on Friday, and said an investigation had been launched.

A spokesperson said: "Releases in error are very rare but regrettable occurrences.

"The number of incidents have fallen significantly in recent years with figures down by a quarter compared to 2009/10, but every incident is taken extremely seriously and we are not complacent.

"The recapture of this prisoner is now a matter for the police."

Byrne was sentenced in 2008 to a total of nine years' imprisonment for burglary, robbery and theft.

Officers in Hammersmith and Fulham, west London, have appealed for anyone with information about Byrne's whereabouts to get in touch.

Byrne is described as white and of medium build, with blue eyes and a goatee beard.

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Image caption The Prison Service informed police on Friday Byrne had been released in error

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