Four in­mates freed from Strange­ways by mis­take

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AN ar­son­ist and a vi­o­lent crim­i­nal are among pris­on­ers wrongly re­leased from Manch­ester’s in­fa­mous Strange­ways prison.

It has emerged that four in­mates at the high-se­cu­rity jail were let out due to er­rors in the past four years – and two were never put back be­hind bars.

The de­tails, ob­tained un­der the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act, show a pris­oner jailed for ar­son was re­leased in Septem­ber 2008 and not re­turned to Strange­ways – now known as HMP Manch­ester – un­til 13 months later.

In De­cem­ber that year, an in­mate inside for breach­ing bail was wrongly re­leased due to a mis­filed war­rant.

He was never re­turned to cus­tody

There were fur­ther blun­ders in 2009 and 2010.

HMP Manch­ester said a thor­ough probe had been con­ducted on each oc­ca­sion.

A Prison Ser­vice spokesman said: “We’ve de­vel­oped very ro­bust pro­ce­dures to deal with such sit­u­a­tions and the ma­jor­ity of those who are re­leased in er­ror are re­turned to cus­tody very quickly.”

The prison, with a ca­pac­ity for over 1,200 in­mates, is one of the largest in the coun­try.

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