HC Deb 26 November 1982 vol 32 c602W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the escape of two prisoners in Liverpool while being transported between two prisons.

Mr. Mayhew

On 17 November, at approximately 6 pm two prisoners, Michael Dodgson, serving a sentence of six years imprisonment for robbery, and Barry McKay, serving 12 years for burglar and robbery, escaped from the coach in which they they were travelling under escort from Liverpool Crown court to H.M. prison, Manchester in the company of seven other prisoners.

The escape occurred when the coach drew up at some traffic lights in Hope Street, Liverpool. Whilst the attention of the escort was distracted by a fight between two other prisoners, the two men concerned, who were handcuffed together, kicked out the widow and jumped from the coach. Attempts to restrain them from inside the coach were hampered by broken glass and three officers gave chase, unfortunately without success. The police are searching for the two men. The governor at Manchester is carrying out a full investigation into the incident.