On the run prisoner found asleep near main police station

North Sea Camp
North Sea Camp

A prison inmate on the run from North Sea Camp was arrested after he was found asleep in a house less than 100 yards from Lincoln’s main police station, a court was told.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court on Thursday that Perry was free for nine days before officers detained him at a house in Motherby Lane, Lincoln.

Mr Howes said Perry was asleep in the property and had to be woken before officers arrested him.

Perry, 40, formerly of Middlecott Close, Boston, admitted escape from custody on 21 October. Perry, who appeared by video link from Lincoln Prison, was given a five month jail sentence to run consecutively with his original term of imprisonment.

Michael Cranmer-Brown, defending, said Perry walked out of the jail after being intimidated by other inmates.

“He had been accused of being an informant. He was required to look after drugs for people in North Sea Camp who were involved in the supply of drugs to other prisoners. He refused to do that. He didn’t have the nerve or the courage to report this to the authorities because he had been accused of being an informant.”

Perry is the fourth North Sea Camp prisoner to appear before the Crown Court in the last 10 days to be sentenced for escaping from the open jail over the 48 hour period of 20 and 21 October.

He was originally jailed for three years in December 2012 after admitting a sneak-in burglary at a house in York Street, Boston.

He reached inside an unlocked window while the occupant slept unaware but fled without taking anything. The court heard he had over 100 previous convictions.