On-the-run prisoner recaptured in Blackburn

Blackburn Citizen: THOMAS MOFFETT THOMAS MOFFETT

AN armed robber was arrested in Blackburn last night after he absconded from prison.

Thomas Moffett, 51, failed to return to HMP Kennet in Liverpool from day release on Saturday.

A Lancashire Police spokesman, speaking this morning, said: “After he was reported missing, we conducted an extensive search.

“Moffett is from Blackburn and so was thought to be in the area.

“He was arrested at 9.05pm in Canterbury Street by Blackburn officers and is now on his way back to prison.”

Moffett, then living in Roebuck Close, Blackburn, was sentenced to an indeterminate sentence for carrying out six armed robberies on off-licences in Blackburn between March and May 2006.

He escaped with murderer, Arnold Pickering, 44, who was serving a life sentence for stabbing a disabled man in 1990.

Pickering, from Chadderton in Greater Manchester, has not yet been found.

The prisoners had both been risk assessed as suitable for temporary release on licence by the Ministry of Justice.

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Officers are appealing to anyone with any information on Pickering's whereabouts to call Merseyside Police on either 0151 777 3803 or 0151 777 3891, or via 101.

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8:42am Mon 19 May 14

frank says...

so how much has this act of stupidity cost us?
no wonder you never see any cops they're too busy rounding up people who shouldn't be on the streets.
the person responsible for letting him out should cover the costs of the search and be put in prison for a few days, maybe they'd waken up to reality then.
so how much has this act of stupidity cost us? no wonder you never see any cops they're too busy rounding up people who shouldn't be on the streets. the person responsible for letting him out should cover the costs of the search and be put in prison for a few days, maybe they'd waken up to reality then. frank
  • Score: 47

9:17am Mon 19 May 14

HarryBosch says...

How can a prisoner (Pickering) who has absconded on three previous occasions be returned to open conditions? That decision needs thoroughly investigating. If a prisoner absconds once then he demonstrates that he cannot be trusted and should remain in secure conditions until his final release.
But on the whole, this situation demonstrates the mentality of the types of people these really are. Release On Temporary Licence is a valuable tool in the rehabilitation armoury. When prisoners are coming to the end of their sentences they are generally moved to open prisons where they are then, gradually allowed to work in the community in order to help them prepare for final release. Anyone who absconds under that regime must surely understand that by absconding they ultimately put their final release prospects back by years, not merely months. You would have to be a complete imbecile to abscond at that stage. Perhaps certain people just cannot be trusted to make rational decisions when left to their own devices and should never be released.
How can a prisoner (Pickering) who has absconded on three previous occasions be returned to open conditions? That decision needs thoroughly investigating. If a prisoner absconds once then he demonstrates that he cannot be trusted and should remain in secure conditions until his final release. But on the whole, this situation demonstrates the mentality of the types of people these really are. Release On Temporary Licence is a valuable tool in the rehabilitation armoury. When prisoners are coming to the end of their sentences they are generally moved to open prisons where they are then, gradually allowed to work in the community in order to help them prepare for final release. Anyone who absconds under that regime must surely understand that by absconding they ultimately put their final release prospects back by years, not merely months. You would have to be a complete imbecile to abscond at that stage. Perhaps certain people just cannot be trusted to make rational decisions when left to their own devices and should never be released. HarryBosch
  • Score: 41

9:41am Mon 19 May 14

alf-abett says...

The government and the justice system of this country appears not to give one iota of consideration for the honest hard working people and / or the victims of crime, yet demand from these very same people whom they consistently let down vast amounts of money in various forms of Taxation to fund wars, aid to countries which do not need it, line their own pockets along with their.cronies and consistently spend billions on projects that ultimately fail. But in our world we would need to justify these actions or be sacked without a penny, yet the politicians (thieves) are allowed to retire with a whopping pay off along with the likes of BBC staff and the thieves in the "City". Democracy!!!!
The government and the justice system of this country appears not to give one iota of consideration for the honest hard working people and / or the victims of crime, yet demand from these very same people whom they consistently let down vast amounts of money in various forms of Taxation to fund wars, aid to countries which do not need it, line their own pockets along with their.cronies and consistently spend billions on projects that ultimately fail. But in our world we would need to justify these actions or be sacked without a penny, yet the politicians (thieves) are allowed to retire with a whopping pay off along with the likes of BBC staff and the thieves in the "City". Democracy!!!! alf-abett
  • Score: 26

10:03am Mon 19 May 14

spacerunner says...

Is this the reason the Police Helicopter was hovering over Pleasington for about 30 mins last night?
Is this the reason the Police Helicopter was hovering over Pleasington for about 30 mins last night? spacerunner
  • Score: 13

10:46am Mon 19 May 14

yyy's1 says...

Why aren't the people who risk assessed them sacked? it is obvious they are inept at their job.
Why aren't the people who risk assessed them sacked? it is obvious they are inept at their job. yyy's1
  • Score: 21

12:38pm Mon 19 May 14

vicn1956 says...

Suitable for day release. Are the people in charge so gullible or just plain stupid? No replies needed-most of us know the answer!
Can the costs of rounding him up come out of their wages?
Suitable for day release. Are the people in charge so gullible or just plain stupid? No replies needed-most of us know the answer! Can the costs of rounding him up come out of their wages? vicn1956
  • Score: 14

2:22pm Mon 19 May 14

noddy57 says...

frank wrote:
so how much has this act of stupidity cost us?
no wonder you never see any cops they're too busy rounding up people who shouldn't be on the streets.
the person responsible for letting him out should cover the costs of the search and be put in prison for a few days, maybe they'd waken up to reality then.
l would concur with that, how can these oafs on the parole board agree to let out a convicted murderer on home leave who has already absconded twice previously ? the lunatics are running the asylum.
[quote][p][bold]frank[/bold] wrote: so how much has this act of stupidity cost us? no wonder you never see any cops they're too busy rounding up people who shouldn't be on the streets. the person responsible for letting him out should cover the costs of the search and be put in prison for a few days, maybe they'd waken up to reality then.[/p][/quote]l would concur with that, how can these oafs on the parole board agree to let out a convicted murderer on home leave who has already absconded twice previously ? the lunatics are running the asylum. noddy57
  • Score: 16

2:40pm Mon 19 May 14

burner says...

vicn1956 wrote:
Suitable for day release. Are the people in charge so gullible or just plain stupid? No replies needed-most of us know the answer!
Can the costs of rounding him up come out of their wages?
It defies any rational explanation . . . . crackers !!
[quote][p][bold]vicn1956[/bold] wrote: Suitable for day release. Are the people in charge so gullible or just plain stupid? No replies needed-most of us know the answer! Can the costs of rounding him up come out of their wages?[/p][/quote]It defies any rational explanation . . . . crackers !! burner
  • Score: 6

6:21pm Mon 19 May 14

onsidecobra says...

I can't understand why people like Mr Moffett are allowed to be assessed as a safe person to be a 'day release' prisoner. What kind of people make up the board that makes these decisions? You can bet they are not the type of people who are out on the front line every day being put in danger by these nut cases. I suspect these people live in a nice protected environment where danger never threatens them, life is good and they can be self righteous to their hearts content. Sack them and get in a board who know what they are doing!
I can't understand why people like Mr Moffett are allowed to be assessed as a safe person to be a 'day release' prisoner. What kind of people make up the board that makes these decisions? You can bet they are not the type of people who are out on the front line every day being put in danger by these nut cases. I suspect these people live in a nice protected environment where danger never threatens them, life is good and they can be self righteous to their hearts content. Sack them and get in a board who know what they are doing! onsidecobra
  • Score: 11

8:21pm Mon 19 May 14

A Darener says...

Too many goody goody tree huggers on useless committees. Don't know what they are doing. Get ordinary everyday people in charge, if they haven't been hanged for murder then at least keep them away from society for life.
Too many goody goody tree huggers on useless committees. Don't know what they are doing. Get ordinary everyday people in charge, if they haven't been hanged for murder then at least keep them away from society for life. A Darener
  • Score: 13

5:33pm Tue 20 May 14

noddy57 says...

no- wonder prisoners get caught, when they escape or abscond they always head for their home town how thick is that?
no- wonder prisoners get caught, when they escape or abscond they always head for their home town how thick is that? noddy57
  • Score: 0

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