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‘Scarborough slasher’ captured in town

Damien Burns, 39, from Scarborough and Dean Jackson, 27, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, have been captured after they absconded from HMP & YOI Hatfield.

Damien Burns, 39, from Scarborough and Dean Jackson, 27, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, have been captured after they absconded from HMP & YOI Hatfield.

A “dangerous” fugitive, dubbed the ‘Scarborough slasher’ is behind bars this evening after police swooped on a Scarborough property.

Damien Burns was arrested at an address in Wykeham Street at around 5.40 this evening, after detectives warned the public they expected the convicted robber to try and return to his hometown.

Both he and fellow prisoner Dean Jackson absconded from their minimum security Doncaster prison on Monday night.

Newcastle-born Jackson was also arrested this evening in Durham.

North Yorkshire Police are yet to issue any further details about the arrest.

However, both prisoners are expected to immediately be returned to jail.

Burns, 39, has been serving an indeterminate sentence at the Category D open prison since 2007, when he was locked up for a knifepoint robbery.

He has been dubbed the ‘Scarborough slasher’, for offences such as his 2001 conviction for slashing the throat of a reveller at a Christmas party with a carving knife.

His victim required 20 stitches following the bloody attack, and the assault landed Burns a four year jail sentence.

Due to his potential danger to the public, Inspector Andy Everitt warned the public while he was at large not to approach him.

Yet despite a violent criminal record, which included convictions for robbery and wounding with intent, he was able to simply walk out of HMP Hatfield.

After the duo absconded, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling announcing tougher measures to stop criminals walking out of open prisons.

See The Scarborough News tomorrow for an exclusive on the hunt for Burns.

 
 
 

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