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Jail break murderer recaptured

PUBLISHED: 14:55 25 November 2009 | UPDATED: 11:15 23 August 2010

A CONVICTED murderer and former Royal aid has been captured and returned to police custody after escaping from an open prison. Security at key transport links was increased earlier week as the search for escapee Jane Andrews, 42, gathered pace. Police o

A CONVICTED murderer and former Royal aid has been captured and returned to police custody after escaping from an open prison.

Security at key transport links was increased earlier week as the search for escapee Jane Andrews, 42, gathered pace.

Police officers and security staff at Ebbsfleet International station, Northfleet, and the Dartford River Crossing were warned she could flee the county, possibly the country.

The former aide to the Royal Duchess of York escaped from East Sutton Park prison in Sutton Valance, near Maidstone, on Sunday.

She was jailed in 2001 for killing her boyfriend millionaire Tommy Cressman after beating him with a cricket bat and stabbing him in the chest while he slept nine years ago.

Assistant Chief Constable Andy Adams said she had links with Grimsby and London, and confirmed efforts had been made to prevent her from leaving Kent.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, he said: "We are examining every possible way of preventing her leaving Kent. We are doing all that we can."

He added: "We are becoming increasingly concerned for Jane's welfare."

The killer was moved from a closed prison to an open facility in July this year, and then moved to East Sutton Park, another open facility, on November 18.

She was recaptured early on Wednesday morning in the Maidstone area.

nick.hitchens@archant.co.uk

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