Friday, April 22, 2011

More than a dozen prolific crooks released early from prison... because of the Royal Wedding and Easter - 22nd Apr 2011

Families have been warned to be extra vigilant after a group of prolific crooks were released early from prison due to the series of bank holidays, it emerged today.

Police chiefs warned homeowners in Cambridgeshire to be on their guard after it was revealed the 16 crooks - serial burglars - were all freed from Peterborough Prison on Thursday.

The crooks got an early taste of freedom because the unusual amount of Bank Holidays meant their release dates fell on Easter, the Royal Wedding or May Day.

Det Chief Insp Chris Mead, of Cambridgeshire Constabulary, said usually between 10 and 12 convicts are released every three weeks in the county.

He pledged police will 'monitor' the crooks fearing many homeowners have left their properties vulnerable and empty during the extended holiday period.

DCI Mead said: 'Looking to Easter, we have a number of offenders who are being released from prison, some of whom have extensive criminal records, much of which [is] for dwelling burglary. Read More