Prison fugitive caught after month search

Lee Moran
Lee Moran

A prisoner who went on the run from a Fylde prison for almost a month was finally caught by police in St Annes.

Lee Moran, 34, formerly of Leigh, left Kirkham prison at 8am on August 7 for a work placement in Lytham but he failed to return by 11pm.

He was finally re-captured by police on North Promenade on Monday, having lived at a home on Derbe Road.

Moran, who had served seven years of a jail term imposed for stabbing a man and robbery, was allowed out on work placements having become a “perfect prisoner”, Blackpool magistrates heard.

But the court heard when two inmates became aware of these work days, at a Fylde church, they said he would be contacted and instructed to take packages back into prison.

When he refused, he was subjected to violence and was told the other prisoner knew where his mother lived in Bolton and he should fear for her safety.

Worried about the recriminations to himself and his mother Moran left prison.

Suzie Privett, prosecuting said: “When he was interviewed by police he told them he had been assaulted in jail and threats made so he he did not return.”

Howard Green, defending, said: “He feared three things – threats to himself, threats to his elderly mother and being searched and the drugs being found.

“Therefore he decided not to return.”

Magistrates sentenced him to an extra 21 days jail after he admitted failing to return under the terms of his licence.