Police are currently hunting for a “dangerous” criminal who escaped as he arrived at Suffolk Hospital, where two guards accompanying him were threatened by a man with a gun. The prisoner, Andrew Farndon, aged 26, is serving an indeterminate sentence for causing grievous bodily harm. He was being taken to hospital in Bury St Edmunds by a taxi when the escape occurred. Detective Chief Inspector Nick Bennett, who is in charge of the search for Farndon, has warned members of the public not to approach or confront either Farndon or the gunman. Instead, Mr Bennett has said that people should immediately notify the police.
This is Farndon’s second escape. He previously escaped in 2007 by jumping from the dock. Farndon escaped on Wednesday as he was being taken to hospital to be treated for a knife wound. Staff at the hospital called the police after they noticed a man outside with a gun, pointing it at prison officers. Shortly after, police received a call from the prison officers themselves, saying they had been confronted by a man with a gun upon arriving at the hospital. Farndon was imprisoned at HMP Highpoint. No one was injured in the escape and Farndon and his accomplice ran across the car park to make their escape. It is thought the pair might have fled Suffolk and police are now communicating with other forces across the country in a bid to capture the men.
Although Farndon was rated to be a Category C prisoner, meaning he was unlikely to make a determined escape attempt, police now believe that the escape was planned. Mr Bennett said it was likely that the injuries Farndon sustained in prison were purposely inflicted in order to get to the hospital. Mr Bennett went on to say that as Farndon was convicted of GBH, barring murder, he is the most dangerous type of criminal. The man who helped him escape is described as white, in his mid 40s, around 5ft 8in tall, stocky and he may have a Scottish accent. At the time of the escape he was wearing a white top with blue jeans. Police ask that anyone with any information call them immediately.