Man who escaped from prison is arrested by armed police in Waterlooville

A MAN who became the subject of a cross-county police hunt after escaping from prison has been arrested by armed officers in Waterlooville.

Friday, 7th February 2020, 5:52 pm
Updated Friday, 7th February 2020, 7:06 pm

Hampshire Constabulary confirmed the arrest of Brian Chapman, 39, shortly after 5pm.

Chapman became the subject of a Sussex Police appeal on Tuesday after absconding from HMP Ford, near Arundel, West Sussex.

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HMP Ford, in Hampshire. Picture: Google Street View

Known to have links to Hampshire, police said he may have fled via Ford Railway Station which is about a mile away.

News archives show a man of the same name, who was 26 at the time, escaped from a courtroom in 2007.

The defendant had been given a toilet break and was hunted by police after he disappeared.