HMP Kirkham prisoner 'Ginger Stuart' captured 200 miles away after two weeks on the run

A prisoner who went on the run from HMP Kirkham for nearly two weeks has been captured.

Tuesday, 20th October 2020, 8:57 am
Updated Tuesday, 20th October 2020, 9:20 am

Stuart Barnes, 38, also known as Ginger Stuart or Barnsey, was reported missing after he was absent from evening roll call at around 9pm on Thursday, October 8.

Lancashire Police had issued a public appeal to help find the absconded prisoner, who was jailed in 2018 for five years and four months for causing grievous bodily harm and possessing a bladed article in a public place.

Barnes remained on the run for nearly two weeks before he was finally captured in Swindon, Wiltshire yesterday (Monday, October 19).

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A police spokesman said: "Earlier this month we appealed for information about wanted prisoner Stuart Barnes, who absconded from HMP Kirkham on October 8.

"The 38-year-old has now been detained in Swindon, Wiltshire and is in custody.

"Thanks to everyone who shared our appeals to find him."

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The 38-year-old absconded from HMP Kirkham on Thursday, October 8 and remained on the run for nearly two weeks before being captured in Wiltshire yesterday (Monday, October 19). Pic: Lancashire Police