December 12 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 24, 2013
A female worker at Hollesley Bay open prison has been arrested on suspicion of assisting a kidnapper to flee the jail.
The 25-year-old woman is currently suspended from her post pending the outcome of the police inquiry and any subsequent disciplinary proceedings by the Prison Service.
She is suspected of helping Daniel Best of Ipswich to abscond in July this year.
Best, 25, who was jailed indefinitely in 2007, was recaptured more than a week later.
Although the woman is a member of staff at the open prison, it is understood that she is not a prison officer but a civilian employee.
After being detained she was taken to the police investigation centre at Suffolk Constabulary’s Martlesham headquarters where she was interviewed before being released on bail.
Anne-Marie Breach, a spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary said: “A 25-year-old woman from the Woodbridge area has been arrested on suspicion of assisting a prisoner in an escape or in an attempt to escape from a Suffolk prison on July 6 this year.
“The suspect has been released on bail until December 16, pending further enquiries.”
The Prison Service has confirmed they are aware of the arrest and the suspect is currently not at work.
A Prison Service spokeswoman said: “A member of staff at HMP Hollesley Bay has been suspended. This is now a matter for the police.”
Prison officers discovered Best was missing when the evening roll call was taken at 7.50pm. He was last seen at the open jail three hours earlier.
In November 2007, Judge Roderick Newton said he was convinced Best was a danger to society after the then 19-year-old dragged his ex-girlfriend from a house in Newson Street, Ipswich, to a shed in Anglesea Road, on June 10, 2007.
Police used a helicopter to search the area. After about 30 minutes Best loosened his grip on the girl, allowing her to escape.
Best was arrested by police the following day. He pleaded guilty to kidnap and affray when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court.
The court heard he could not accept that his 17-year-old girlfriend no longer wanted to be with him.
Six days before the kidnap offence Best had been sentenced to 16 weeks in a young offenders’ institution, suspended for two years, after admitting assaulting his ex-girlfriend.