Wrongly-freed teenager at large

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Published: Saturday 20th December 2014 by The News Editor

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A teenager held on suspicion of attempted murder is being sought by police after he was released from prison by mistake.

The Metropolitan Police has offered a £10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Jordan Lee Francois.

The Prison Service said it would “formally investigate” the incident.

A Prison Service spokesman said: “Releases in error are a very rare but regrettable occurrence. The number of incidents have fallen significantly in recent years with figures down by a quarter compared to 2009/10 but every incident is taken extremely seriously and we are not complacent.

“We will formally investigate this incident and it is now a matter for the police.”

Scotland Yard said the 18-year-old was “unlawfully at large from prison” from Wandsworth Prison, where he was on remand for attempted murder.

Francois is described as 6ft 4ins and stocky. He is known to have links to north London, police said.

Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, who is leading the investigation, said: “I believe Francois may present a risk to the public.

“If anyone has information that could lead us to find and arrest him then I would urge you to get in touch with us immediately.

“We have a number of officers currently working hard to track down Francois and arrest him.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the investigation team on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Published: Saturday 20th December 2014 by The News Editor

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  • Kevin Marshall

    “Releases in error are a very rare but regrettable occurrence”
    Should have gone to specsavers .

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