Men who escaped from Ford Prison recaptured


TWO men who escaped separately from Ford Prison have been recaptured within 48 hours of each other.

Charlton Bradstock, 29, was recaptured after officers from the Metropolitan Police successfully located and arrested him on 26 January.

He had absconded in November 2015, after being convicted of a burglary offences at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London in January 2015. Metropolitan Police officers charged him with escaping from lawful custody and he is next due to appear in court on 24 February.

Leacroft Wallace, 55, was recaptured after a planned operation by Sussex officers, at an address in Hammersmith, West London on 27 January.

Wallace had absconded from Ford on March 2, 2011, where he was serving five years for drugs offences of which he had been convicted at Southwark Crown Court in London in 2009. He was charged with escaping lawful custody and is next due to appear at Isleworth Crown Court on 25 February.

PC Lewis Dines, from the Sussex Police team that investigates absconders from HMP Ford, said: “We are pleased that both men were located within days of each other. This is an excellent example of neighbouring forces and other agencies working together to achieve a common purpose to great effect.

“People who escape from lawful custody believe that they can avoid recapture by laying low, possibly in the belief that they will be forgotten about.

“Wallace had been missing since 2011, yet we developed intelligence enough to pin point when and where he was going to be on a certain date.

“These absconders from HMP Ford are not forgotten about and all are being pursued to bring them back into lawful custody wherever possible. Indeed, of the ten who have absconded since December 2014, nine are back in custody.

“These further arrests send the message that we will not give up seeking absconders and when we put them back in front of the courts they can expect further punishment.”

Anyone with any information about an absconder from HMP Ford can contact or call 101 quoting Sussex reference Operation Parcel.

People can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (

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