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Convicted arsonist picked up by police one mile from open prison in Lincolnshire

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 17, 2012

North Sea Camp open prison, near Boston

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A convicted arsonist's attempt to escape from a Lincolnshire open prison lasted for less than three hours.

Lincoln Crown Court was told that Shane Goodhall had decided to "make a run for it" from North Sea Camp, near Boston.

He feared he was about to be transferred back to secure conditions and decided to try to see his family.

But Phil Howes, prosecuting, said Goodhall managed to walk just a mile before he was picked up by police on Church Green Road at Fishtoft.

Goodhall was serving an indeterminate jail sentence imposed at Reading Crown Court in June 2007 for an arson attack on a house in Slough.

The court heard that he is not due to be considered for parole for at least another 12 months.

Christine Luckock, defending, said Goodhall was able to escape quite easily and intended to hand himself in after achieving his aim.

Goodhall, 25, admitted escape from North Sea Camp on Saturday, December 1.

He was given a four-month jail sentence to run concurrently with his existing sentence.

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  • bos75  |  December 31 2012, 12:26AM

    Come on Echo journalists! It's not possible to "escape" from an open prison, only "abscond". Don't call it an "escape attempt" just to make it sound any more exciting than just walking out of the place. It's open, no barriers, a level of trust offered to some that, for whatever reason, they just can't cope with.

  • Roadscource  |  December 17 2012, 12:21PM

    Did the Police just follow the plumes of smoke?

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  • merlinbus  |  December 17 2012, 12:08PM

    4 months to run concurrent. No punishment then. North Sea "holiday" Camp must be one of the most porous of HMP`s establishments.

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