Police hunt kidnapper freed from prison by mistake

first_imgThese incidents are rare and the vast majority are returned to custody very quicklyMinistry of Justice Ireson was jailed for 10 years in May 2011 for offences of kidnap and wounding.Police say that if sighted he should not be approached.”I can confirm that Ireson was released from court by error,” a Gloucestershire Constabulary spokesman said.It is understood that police are not at fault and that there is a dispute between the Probation Service and the prison service over who the error lies with.It is believed that he walked free from Birmingham Crown Court after arriving there in a secure van from prison.After being found not guilty of an offence he was released in error despite the fact he still had the rest of his sentence to serve.In December last year, police issued an appeal for information on him because he had been “recalled to prison” for “breaching his license conditions”. A convicted kidnapper serving a 10-year jail term has been freed from prison by mistake, it was revealed on Tuesday.Police are appealing for anyone who knows the whereabouts of Brett Ireson, 33, from Dursley, Glos, to contact them.His release is understood to be the result of a blunder by either the probation service or the prison service.A Ministry of Justice spokesman said he could not could not give the exact reason for the mistake but such an incident was “rare”. Another appeal was issued in January this year and Crimestoppers offered a reward of up to £1,000 for information which led to locating him.Members of the public are advised not to approach him and to call police on 101 if they have information on his whereabouts.The appeal was re-issued in February, then on Thursday, November 24, police issued another appeal.He was convicted along with two other men in February 2010 and police say he has “links to Gloucester and Dursley but despite extensive inquiries he still remains at large”.Wanted posters were handed out in Matson, Gloucester, where it was believed he may be, but he has not been found.A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “These incidents are rare and the vast majority are returned to custody very quickly.”We thoroughly investigate each one to see what lessons can be learned, as well as working closely with the police to recapture offenders at large.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more