Man who escaped jail and thought to have fled to Portsmouth is captured

A VIOLENT criminal who escaped jail and was thought to have fled to Portsmouth has been captured.

Wednesday, 28th October 2020, 6:24 pm
Jay Davis, an inmate who fled Ford Open Prison in West Sussex, has been captured. Photo: Sussex Police

The public were told to call 999 ‘immediately’ if they saw Jay Davis, 33, who absconded from Ford Prison, West Sussex.

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Davis went missing around 8am on Monday October 12 before he was seen on CCTV at Chichester Railway Station.

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Davis was serving a sentence for possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Police issued a further release revealing the fugitive, who has links to Hampshire and Sussex, could have travelled to Portsmouth.

But officers were able to track down the criminal at Telscombe before he was arrested, police said.

Armed police, supported by a National Police Air Service helicopter, arrested him after 12 days on the run .

‘Anyone who sees him is advised not to approach him, but to dial 999 immediately,’ a Sussex police statement said while Davis was at large.

But announcing his capture a police statement said: ‘Ford prison absconder Jay Davis was arrested by police on Saturday afternoon at a campsite at Telscombe.‘Davis, who is serving a sentence for possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, was reported missing from the prison near Arundel on Monday, October 12.‘Armed police, supported by a National Police Air Service helicopter, arrested him on suspicion of being unlawfully at large at 3.30pm.’

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