Yorkshireman flees jail because it’s in Lancashire

Kirkham Prison
Kirkham Prison
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A Yorkshireman escaped from an open prison because he was unhappy mixing with inmates from Lancashire, a court heard.

Richard Milburn, 29, walked out through the entrance gates at HMP Kirkham, near Preston, Lancs., on November 30 last year and made his way back to West Yorkshire.

Staff there didn’t even realise he was missing until the evening roll call.

Milburn, who was serving three-and-a-half years for burglary and driving offences, handed himself in at a police station in his home town of Bradford, West Yorks., two months later.

Bradford Crown Court heard that he was unhappy because it wasn’t Yorkshire people in the prison, it was inmates from Lancashire and Liverpool.

Milburn’s solicitor advocate, Alistair Bateman, said until then he had been a model prisoner, taking courses including assertive decision-making.

He told the court Milburn was victimised in the prison and being asked to store a mobile phone by prisoners from the Manchester area.

Judge Colin Burn jailed Milburn, who admitted escaping from the Category D prison, for three months to run consecutively with the sentence he was already serving. He is set to be freed in November.