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Prisoner escapes on Stoke Mandeville Hospital visit

Stoke Mandeville Image copyright PA
Image caption The man was recaptured in the hospital grounds

A prisoner managed to escape from custody while on a hospital visit, the Ministry of Justice has said.

The inmate from HMP The Mount in Bovingdon was visiting Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Buckinghamshire on Friday.

A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman confirmed he "briefly escaped from custody" but was "swiftly recaptured by police in hospital grounds".

The Hertfordshire category C prison is for men serving short sentences or with three months left to serve.

The spokeswoman said the incident was being investigated.

Image copyright South Beds News Agency
Image caption HMP The Mount is built on the site of a former RAF station on the outskirts of the village of Bovingdon in Hertfordshire

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