Prisoner was found by police in his caravan in Skegness

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A North Sea Camp prisoner who failed to return following day release was found by police in his caravan in Skegness.

Michael Briggs told the officers who found him that he wanted to go and give himself up the following day, but had things to sort out before he went back to the prison.

Boston Magistrates’ Court was told that the 60-year-old, who is serving an 18-year sentence, had allegedly spent his time transferring his caravan into his wife’s name.

He pleaded guilty to remaining unlawfully at large when he appeared before the bench on Wednesday.

Edward Johnson, prosecuting, said Briggs had been due back at the prison at 7pm on March 23,but police were not aware of his whereabouts until last Monday.

He added: “Officers attended the caravan and Mr Briggs presented himself and accepted to them he had not returned. He said he needed to sort out the caravan and transfer it into his wife’s name and had not been able to do it whilst in prison.”

According to John Storer, mitigating, the defendant had panicked when he became aware he would not be able to get back to the prison, but then decided to stay away rather

“Having not returned by seven he realised he was in trouble and thought he would try to get it sorted out. It was then his intention to hand himself back in. He accepts he did something wrong,” he said.

“This is not escaping; this is simply not returning when he was due,” the solicitor added.

Briggs has been granted day release ten times since December.

Magistrates imposed a two-month prison sentence, which will run alongside his current term.