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Pentonville Prison fugitive arrested in Ilford

PUBLISHED: 07:42 10 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:05 11 November 2016

Matthew Baker, 28,

Matthew Baker, 28,

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One of the two Pentonville prison convicts who escaped on Monday was arrested in Ilford last night, police have said.

James Anthony Whitlock, 31, was on remand having been charged with conspiracy to burgle, namely 19 offences of theft from ATMs at various locations in the south-east of England between December 2015 and August 2016.James Anthony Whitlock, 31, was on remand having been charged with conspiracy to burgle, namely 19 offences of theft from ATMs at various locations in the south-east of England between December 2015 and August 2016.

Matthew Baker, 28, who was awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of stabbing a man in Dagenham 25 times following a dispute, was arrested at an address in Ilford last night.

He has been taken to a north London police station where he remains in custody.

A 21-year-old woman and a man aged 33 were also arrested at the Ilford address.

Police launched a manhunt after Baker and his fellow inmate James Whitlock, 31, scaled the walls of the prison in Caledonian Road, Islington, on Monday morning.

The pair reportedly used diamond-tipped cutters to break through cell bars and stuffed their beds with pillows in the shape of bodies to fool prison staff.

Whitlock, who was on remand having been charged with conspiracy to burgle, is still at large.

He is described as a white man of slim build and has the word ‘Tracy’ tattooed on his torso.

It is not known what clothing he had on when he escaped from the prison.

The public are advised to not approach Whitlock but call 999 if they see him.

Alternatively, to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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