Escaped prisoner Jamie Dawson captured in Mansfield area

AN escaped prisoner is back behind bars after being caught hiding at a house in the Mansfield area.

Jamie Dawson (30) had been on the run for four days when police received information and went to the address on 21st November, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

A woman who answered the door denied he was there. She said only her family were present and they were upstairs, said Andrew Tanser, prosecuting.

But the escapee was spotted hiding behind the door. He claimed to be a Chris Dawson but the police officer did not believe him.

He was arrested and taken to Mansfield police station where two small blocks of cannabis and over 20 tablets, which were class C drugs, were found wrapped in clingfilm and hidden between his legs, the court was told.

He admitted possession of the drugs and escaping from Sudbury Prison.

The prison was rife with drugs, he said.

He claimed it was a spur of the moment decision to jump over a fence. But checks on three phone calls he made from inside jail indicated there was a plan for some one to pick him up, said Mr Tanser.

Dawson had been given four years in 2008 for house burglary.

He was released on licence in June last year but was recalled this October for a commercial burglary with intent to steal.

The judge Mrs Justice Macur sentenced him to a further 10 months for escaping from custody and having drugs.