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Hollesley Bay: Prisoner serving time for aggravated burglary absconds

10:38 26 April 2014

Connor Shand

Connor Shand


Police are trying to trace a Hollesley Bay prisoner who failed to return following a period of home leave.


Police are trying to trace a prisoner who failed to return following a period of home leave.

Connor Shand, 22, is the third inmate to abscond from Hollesley Bay open prison this month.

Suffolk police were contacted just after 1am today by prison officers, who reported that Shand, who was serving six years for aggravated burglary, had gone missing while on home leave.

Since then, officers have made checks at two possible addresses where he might have been in Essex, but Shand was not at either of them.

He is described as 6ft 2ins tall, of thin build with dark brown hair and brown eyes and he has a scar to the top of his forehead. He has connections to the Harlow and Basildon areas of Essex.

Police have warned the public not to approach Shand or take any action but have urged anyone with information to get in touch.

Earlier this month it was revealed that the Prison Officers’ Association claimed drugs, bullying and a prison population crisis were to blame for the number of Hollesley Bay inmates going on the run almost doubling in the past three years.

Ministry of Justice figures show 25 inmates at the open prison either absconded or did not return from approved leave in 2012/13. In 2010/11 there were 13 prisoners who left the prison but failed to come back.

Anyone with information on Shand’s whereabouts can call Suffolk Constabulary on 101 or contact their nearest police station.



  • Why do you let theses out for home visit?????? They did wrong they should be kept in prison until their time is up. If there a family crisis then put an ankle bracket on them so you keep tabs on them.

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    william epps

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • I'd normally take pretty much anything the screws' union says with a pinch of salt, but there certainly seems to be something going wrong with the regime at Hollesley Bay. I have some sympathy for a convict doing a runner if he's trying to get clean after being a drug user but is having to fight the apparent easy availability of drugs in the Prison.

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    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • The starting point with this story is that Hollesley Bay is an ‘Open Prison’ and consequently there is an opportunity for those serving their sentence in the establishment to walk off site. On such occasions as these I quite understand there would be media interest and a ‘duty of care’ to the residents of the nearby community to be made aware. Whilst appreciating the term ‘abscond’ may have to be used by the Prison authorities whenever a person walks off the site or fails to return from ‘Home Leave’ or a ‘Placement in the Community’ it is misleading. Is it really a headline that an inmate fails to return from ‘Home Leave’. For those who don’t read beyond the headline the inference is that there is an inmate loose in the Suffolk countryside with the usual soundbites ‘don’t approach’ etc. Such headlines raise the fear of crime and also at the same time implies that there are failings on the part of the Prison for allowing the person to abscond and the Police for not catching the individual. In recent weeks we have had the PCC apologising on behalf of the Constabulary for not alerting the community to an absconder who failed to return from Home Leave in London. If the inmate was on Home Leave in London is he really going to go back to Hollesley therefore necessitating the need for the community to be told? Ask those in Hollesley do they harbour such concerns? The national media have also picked up on the matter, as reported in the Daily Mail ‘Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Mr Passmore said he would be challenging Suffolk Chief Constable Douglas Paxton about the embarrassing blunder’. Such statements by the PCC I would suggest are unhelpful, but when you are elected to the position the occasional ‘verbal slapping’ of the Police in the eyes of the electorate might look good. I am sure behind the scenes the Police would be liaising with their counterparts that the individual was at large, with appropriate enquiries in hand and where necessary ensuring those individuals who are at risk are made aware Aside from the actual offence of absconding it would be interesting to establish how many offences those who walk off site at Hollesley Bay actually commit in Suffolk. In the Evening Star article on the 24th April it made reference to data produced by the Ministry of Justice who break the data down to Absconders and those who fail to return, the former of which was 8 for the 201314 period. It should be these 8 who the Star gives headline editorial space to and who the PCC ensures the local community is informed. By not differentiating the Star and PCC are in danger of the reader community at large not actually looking beyond the headline If it happens in Suffolk and there is a risk to the community report it as a headline.

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    R.U Kidding

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Home leave! Is this a prison or a holiday camp?

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    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • Home visits,this has to be a joke surely if you are sentenced for period of time you should do your time. To many prisoners are going out and not returning. That place is a joke.

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    Elise Moreton

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

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