Search

Pentonville escape: One prisoner is an attempted murderer, police warn

PUBLISHED: 18:12 07 November 2016 | UPDATED: 18:50 07 November 2016

Matthew Baker escaped from Pentonville Prison. Picture: Met Police

Matthew Baker escaped from Pentonville Prison. Picture: Met Police

Archant

Detectives have urged people not to approach the two men – one an attempted murderer – who escaped from Pentonville Prison in Caledonian Road today.

James Whitlock escaped from Pentonville Prison. Picture: Met PoliceJames Whitlock escaped from Pentonville Prison. Picture: Met Police

Matthew Baker, 28, was found guilty of attempted murder two weeks ago, having stabbed a man in Dagenham in a dispute. He had been remanded for sentencing on November 11.

James Whitlock, 31, was on remand having been charged with conspiracy to burgle, namely 19 offences of theft from ATMs at various locations in the south east of England between December 2015 and August 2016.

Whitlock is described as a white man of slim build. He has the word “Tracy” tattooed on his torso. Baker is described as a white man with ginger hair.

It is not known what clothing either man had when escaping from the prison. Latest reports have indicated they used diamond-tipped cutting equipment to break through cell bars, before scaling the perimeter walls.

There were also suggestions that the escape was uncovered – just before noon – when staff found the inmates’ beds stuffed with pillows in the shape of bodies. Initial reports had suggested mannequins had been left in the beds.

Police are asking the public to call 999 should they see either man, and not to approach them as they could become violent. Alternatively, to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Islington Gazette. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Islington Gazette