Hunt for escaped prisoner

Daily Echo: Dean Hammond Dean Hammond

A MAJOR hunt is underway to find an escaped prisoner who is known to have connections to Hampshire.

Dean Hammond has been on the run since disappearing from HMP Leyhill on Tuesday.

He is understood to have been at the open prison as he was prepared to be released back into the community, having been in jail since 2006.

He had been locked up by a Southampton judge indefinitely for making threats to kill and being in possession of an offensive weapon.

The Daily Echo reported at the time how he had gone to a house in Netley View where he threatened a woman, who was holding her then 10-month-old daughter, that he was going to knife her partner.

He revealed a 10-inch blade which was tucked inside his trousers and hidden under his t-shirt.

Hammond, now 32, was reported missing late on Tuesday this week.

Now Avon and Somerset and Hampshire Police are asking for the public's help to locate him - and are urging people not to approach him but call 999.

Hammond is described as a white man, 6ft tall, with a stocky build and dark shaved hair. He has numerous tattoos on his arms and chest.

Detective Constable Nadine Partridge said: "Since Dean Hammond was reported missing we have been conducting enquiries to locate him and return him to custody. He has connections to the Southampton area and it is possible he may return there. I would appeal to anyone who has seen him to contact us immediately.

"We are committed to locating, returning to custody and charging anyone unlawfully at large. We work closely with HMP Leyhill and other police forces to track down absconders promptly and keep any potential risk to the public to a minimum.

HM Prison Service said: "Over 96 per cent of prisoners who abscond are recaptured and returned to custody. On recapture the prisoner is returned to a closed prison.

"Leyhill has a special function in preparing life sentence prisoners for release before their return to the community. The prison works in partnership with learning and skills providers on education programmes designed to reduce re-offending on release, including work and training placements within the community."

Anyone who has seen Dean Hammond should call 999.

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12:33pm Thu 20 Sep 12

SimplyAwesome says...

Dean Hammond can be found in West Sussex and Brighton in particular....
Dean Hammond can be found in West Sussex and Brighton in particular.... SimplyAwesome
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1:04pm Thu 20 Sep 12

Cyber__Fug says...

SimplyAwesome wrote:
Dean Hammond can be found in West Sussex and Brighton in particular....
...and he had a good game last weekend
[quote][p][bold]SimplyAwesome[/bold] wrote: Dean Hammond can be found in West Sussex and Brighton in particular....[/p][/quote]...and he had a good game last weekend Cyber__Fug
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1:15pm Thu 20 Sep 12

Sooz1988 says...

why would he leg it if he was close to being released anyway? Silly man!
why would he leg it if he was close to being released anyway? Silly man! Sooz1988
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1:55pm Thu 20 Sep 12

bazzeroz says...

Sooz1988 wrote:
why would he leg it if he was close to being released anyway? Silly man!
Being 'silly' is why he was locked up! Threats to kill? I don't want him on the streets ffs!
[quote][p][bold]Sooz1988[/bold] wrote: why would he leg it if he was close to being released anyway? Silly man![/p][/quote]Being 'silly' is why he was locked up! Threats to kill? I don't want him on the streets ffs! bazzeroz
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3:14pm Thu 20 Sep 12

Snowman says...

A good example of how the "locked up indefinitely " sentences work !!
A good example of how the "locked up indefinitely " sentences work !! Snowman
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6:27pm Thu 20 Sep 12

cantthinkofone says...

Odd behaviour to be honest.

With an indefinite sentence, he could only have been stepped down to an open prison if he'd shown strong signs of being rehabilitated in the last 6 years. And as Sooz1988 points out, by doing a runner he had much to lose and very little to gain.

I wonder if he has a history of mental health problems at all. A psychotic episode would account for such an irrational choice.
Odd behaviour to be honest. With an indefinite sentence, he could only have been stepped down to an open prison if he'd shown strong signs of being rehabilitated in the last 6 years. And as Sooz1988 points out, by doing a runner he had much to lose and very little to gain. I wonder if he has a history of mental health problems at all. A psychotic episode would account for such an irrational choice. cantthinkofone
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10:11pm Thu 20 Sep 12

dolomiteman says...

He had been locked up by a Southampton judge indefinitely for making threats to kill and being in possession of an offensive weapon and is shortly due for release!
Glad I'm not the only one who finds that strange.
He had been locked up by a Southampton judge indefinitely for making threats to kill and being in possession of an offensive weapon and is shortly due for release! Glad I'm not the only one who finds that strange. dolomiteman
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10:31pm Thu 20 Sep 12

cantthinkofone says...

dolomiteman wrote:
He had been locked up by a Southampton judge indefinitely for making threats to kill and being in possession of an offensive weapon and is shortly due for release!
Glad I'm not the only one who finds that strange.
Indefinitely mean until they are satisfied that he is no longer a threat, not "forever". The clue is in the word used.
[quote][p][bold]dolomiteman[/bold] wrote: He had been locked up by a Southampton judge indefinitely for making threats to kill and being in possession of an offensive weapon and is shortly due for release! Glad I'm not the only one who finds that strange.[/p][/quote]Indefinitely mean until they are satisfied that he is no longer a threat, not "forever". The clue is in the word used. cantthinkofone
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7:41pm Sun 23 Sep 12

yellowcard says...

cantthinkofone wrote:
dolomiteman wrote:
He had been locked up by a Southampton judge indefinitely for making threats to kill and being in possession of an offensive weapon and is shortly due for release!
Glad I'm not the only one who finds that strange.
Indefinitely mean until they are satisfied that he is no longer a threat, not "forever". The clue is in the word used.
i personally know him and can say he only got a 2 year tariff and has been denied the chance to attend rehabilitation courses by the prison service due to lack of funds. he was not due for release for at least 2 more years and that is not guaranteed.
[quote][p][bold]cantthinkofone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dolomiteman[/bold] wrote: He had been locked up by a Southampton judge indefinitely for making threats to kill and being in possession of an offensive weapon and is shortly due for release! Glad I'm not the only one who finds that strange.[/p][/quote]Indefinitely mean until they are satisfied that he is no longer a threat, not "forever". The clue is in the word used.[/p][/quote]i personally know him and can say he only got a 2 year tariff and has been denied the chance to attend rehabilitation courses by the prison service due to lack of funds. he was not due for release for at least 2 more years and that is not guaranteed. yellowcard
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8:34pm Sun 23 Sep 12

cantthinkofone says...

yellowcard wrote:
cantthinkofone wrote:
dolomiteman wrote:
He had been locked up by a Southampton judge indefinitely for making threats to kill and being in possession of an offensive weapon and is shortly due for release!
Glad I'm not the only one who finds that strange.
Indefinitely mean until they are satisfied that he is no longer a threat, not "forever". The clue is in the word used.
i personally know him and can say he only got a 2 year tariff and has been denied the chance to attend rehabilitation courses by the prison service due to lack of funds. he was not due for release for at least 2 more years and that is not guaranteed.
Interesting info, but doesn't really change anything about my reply to dolomiteman. :-/
[quote][p][bold]yellowcard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cantthinkofone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dolomiteman[/bold] wrote: He had been locked up by a Southampton judge indefinitely for making threats to kill and being in possession of an offensive weapon and is shortly due for release! Glad I'm not the only one who finds that strange.[/p][/quote]Indefinitely mean until they are satisfied that he is no longer a threat, not "forever". The clue is in the word used.[/p][/quote]i personally know him and can say he only got a 2 year tariff and has been denied the chance to attend rehabilitation courses by the prison service due to lack of funds. he was not due for release for at least 2 more years and that is not guaranteed.[/p][/quote]Interesting info, but doesn't really change anything about my reply to dolomiteman. :-/ cantthinkofone
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