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Pentonville Escape: Prisoner Matthew Baker Arrested After Break Out

Another is still on the run.

10/11/2016 16:34

A convicted attempted murderer who escaped from Pentonville Prison has been caught and arrested.

Matthew Baker, 28, was apprehended at an address in Ilford, east London, on Wednesday night, the Metropolitan Police said.

Two other people, a woman aged 21 and a man aged 33, were also arrested,

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Matthew Baker has been arrested

Police are still hunting for James Whitlock, 31, who escaped with Baker from the Category B prison in north London on Monday.

The BBC reported he had been on remand charged with conspiracy to steal from 19 cash machines across south-east England between last December and August.

Whitlock is described as a white man of slim build, and has the word “Tracy” tattooed on his torso.

It was reported at the time that the men used pillows to make it look as though they were asleep in bed while the pair used diamond cutters to break out of the category B prison.

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James Whitlock is still at large

Pentonville is home to some 1308 prisoners. Its buildings date back to 1840.

Local MP Emily Thornberry has called for the prison to be closed down.

The Islington South and Finsbury MP told the Islington Gazette: “People don’t seem to be safe inside Pentonville, and now it transpires inmates can escape. That is the final straw.

“If they don’t have control of the place, what is the point in it being there?”

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