Two convicted robbers escaped within 24 hours of each other from North Sea Camp open prison, a court heard today (Tuesday).
Lincoln Crown Court was told that Andrew Tuffs, 39, walked out of the jail on the night of October 20 and 21 followed soon afterwards by 40-year-old Lee Ross.
Tuffs, who was serving an indeterminate sentence imposed by Inner London Crown Court in August 2008, walked to Wainfleet where he took a works van.
He drove north towards Hull where he was arrested in a layby alongside the A63 on the outskirts of the city.
Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said that within hours a second inmate Lee Ross also escaped.
Ross disappeared the following morning while working on the prison farm and after hiding in a shed until darkness he walked out. He was rearrested within hours after being picked up by police in the nearby village of Old Leake.
Ross, from Gainsborough, was serving a seven year sentence after being convicted at Lincoln Crown Court in January 2011 of robbery of the village post office in Blyton north of Gainsborough.
After his re-arrest he told police he did not like being at the prison and feared he was about to be moved to either Norwich or Peterborough making it difficult for his family to visit him.
Tuffs admitted escape from custody on October 20 together with offences of taking a transit van without authority and driving while disqualified. He was given eight months to run concurrent with his indeterminate sentence.
Ross admitted escape from custody on October 21. He was given a six month sentence consecutive to the seven year term he continues to serve.