A BURTON man released from prison had to arrested and returned to jail after being released following a mix-up involving another inmate with the same surname.
The Prison Service has launched an investigation into how Anthony Douglas came to be freed ‘in error’ from HMP Hewell, near Redditch, in Worcestershire.
Douglas, aged in his 20s a, is reported to have been freed instead of another inmate who had completed his term of imprisonment. Police arrested Douglas and returned him to prison a day after the blunder at HMP Hewell last week.
Hewell primarily houses inmates from Worcestershire, the West Midlands and Warwickshire.
A Prison Service spokesman confirmed that a prisoner was released in error at the jail on Wednesday, July 2.
He said: “The police were notified immediately and he was recaptured on July 3.
“An investigation by a senior governor has been launched.
“We take public protection extremely seriously and this type of incident is a very rare but regrettable occurrence.”
It is unclear how long Douglas, who also has family links with Birmingham, had left on his sentence or what he had been convicted of.
HMP Hewell was created in June 2008 in a merger of the three former prisons at the site – Blakenhurst, Brockhill and Hewell Grange. The prison primarily deals with Category B, C and D inmates.
Part of the establishment is an open prison.