last update: friday, may 14, 2004. 5:19pm (aest)
british prisoners escape to seek tougher jail
a pair of prisoners at a british low-security open jail have reportedly escaped, only to knock on the door of a more secure prison nearby and ask to be detained there instead.
the duo fled from leyhill prison near gloucester, central england, because the reformed drugs users found narcotics too easily available there, the times reported in its friday edition.
audie carr, 29, and benjamin clarke, 23, were found to be missing at a roll call held last sunday night but by monday lunchtime they had knocked on the doors of gloucester prison, about 32 kilometres away.
the pair, jailed for offences including burglary, theft and assault, had originally been held at gloucester prison, where they were able to kick their drug habits.
but once transferred to the more relaxed leyhill, they found "the demon of temptation once again on their shoulder", gloucester magistrates court was told, according to the paper.
"they wanted to escape leyhill and asked if they could finish their sentences at gloucester," a prosecution lawyer told the court of the duo, who face charges of escaping from custody.
okay - can you imagine being the guard at the "tougher" prison - "oy! we have two blokes out here who want to come in!!"