Open prison absconder arrested after fight

Court news.
Court news.

A prisoner on the run from North Sea Camp open prison was arrested after he was involved in a fight, a court was told.

Police were called to Lincoln bus station following reports of two men fighting and arrived to find 41-year-old Michael Williams being restrained by members of the public.

On Thursday Jeremy Janes, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court Williams was under the influence of either drink or drugs and when he was searched officers found his prison ID documents.

A small amount of the heroin substitute drug Subutex was found on Williams together with a legal high.

Mr Janes said Williams walked out of the prison 48 hours earlier and after making his way to Skegness then travelled on to Lincoln.

Williams later told police he had been threatened in the prison and felt he had no choice but to leave.

Williams, who is now in Lincoln Prison, admitted escape from custody on October 21 and possession of a controlled drug.

He was given a six month jail sentence consecutive to his original 32 month sentence he was given in January after admitting burglary of a house in Skegness.

l Williams was the third North Sea Camp inmate to be sentenced by the Crown Court last week for escaping during the same 24 hour period of October 20-21.

The other two absconders were a pair of convicted robbers.