Beds, Herts & Bucks

Jail for inmate released from prison in error

A Bedfordshire man has been jailed two years after being released by mistake from prison where he had been held on remand on suspicion of drugs offences.

Gary Burke, 24, was at Leicester Prison in January 2010 when he was allowed to leave despite protesting to prison authorities, Luton Crown Court heard.

He spent two years on the run before giving himself up in March.

Burke was jailed for five-and-a-half years for conspiring to supply heroin and crack cocaine.

Grandfather's funeral

Luton Crown Court heard Burke, formerly of Osborne Road, Luton, had been part of a drugs gang that was uncovered by Bedfordshire Police.

Seven people were eventually sentenced in connection with the case.

However Burke, having been arrested with other gang members, was allowed to walk out of the prison, the court heard.

The error was realised but for the next two years Burke lived rough before giving himself up after attending his grandfather's funeral.

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