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Man jailed for Coventry prison escape raid

A man who fled jail after putting pillows in his prison bed to deceive guards has been jailed for carrying out an aggravated burglary during the escape.

Lee Middleton, 32, was seven years into an indeterminate sentence at HMP Hewell in Redditch when he escaped from an open section of the prison in June.

During the escape he and an accomplice broke into a home in Coventry, threatening a couple and stealing their car, prosecutors said.

Middleton was jailed for 11 years and six months at Leamington Crown Court.

He earlier pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, escaping from lawful custody, dangerous driving and driving while disqualified.

Middleton was arrested shortly after the house raid following a police chase that saw him drive the wrong way on the M42 motorway.

In September 2007, Middleton was handed an indeterminate jail term, with a minimum of 10 years, for a string of robberies in the Coventry area. The sentence delivered at Leamington Crown Court will run consecutively.

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