Escaped prisoner Bernard Sharkey detained

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A PRISONER who escaped while on community service is back in custody after he was cornered on a caravan site.

Police hunting for Bernard Sharkey swooped on the park near Stokesley, North Yorkshire, yesterday evening.

Sharkey, absconded while working on a community farm near Middlesbrough as he served an indeterminate sentence at Kirkelvington Prison near Yarm and had been on the run for 11 days.

He had been seen being driven off in a silver saloon car.

Police later confirmed they had taken an unnamed person in to protection following information from the prison service they may be at risk.

Officers said they were last night questioning the man they had detained after the swoop on suspicion of being armed with an offensive weapon and possession of a Class A drug.

On Wednesday, a 47-year-old man was arrested in the Morpeth area on suspicion of assisting an offender.

The 34-year-old already had a string of convictions when he was jailed in 2006 after being convicted of making threats to kill, affray and possession of an offensive weapon.

He was part of a gang who armed themselves with a baseball bat and Samurai sword as they targeted a house in Middlesbrough, shouting death threats at the owner.