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Prisoner who escaped from jail 22 years ago is arrested at the Channel Tunnel

PUBLISHED: 11:10 21 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:20 21 August 2017

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He appeared in court today after failing to return to open prison back in 1995

Police have arrested a man who escaped from prison more than 20 years ago at the Channel Tunnel.

Michael John Ashworth, 57, of no fixed abode, is accused of absconding from prison in 1995. He was arrested by Kent Police officers at the Channel Tunnel site in Coquelles, France.

He appeared on Monday before Medway Magistrates Court.

He had absconded from HMP Sudbury, an open prison in Derbyshire 22 years ago where he was serving a five year sentence for drug offences.

He had 18 months left to serve when he failed to return having been released on a temporary licence for a weekend in April 1995.

A charge of escaping from lawful custody was withdrawn by the court but he will have to serve the remainder of his five year sentence in prison.

He was arrested as he tried to board a Eurotunnel shuttle heading to the UK early on Sunday.

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