MP's protest as violent Bradford criminal absconds from open jail

ABSCONDED: Violent  criminal Ian Stirzaker

ABSCONDED: Violent criminal Ian Stirzaker

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AN MP last night called for a change in Government policy as a manhunt continued for a violent Bradford prisoner who absconded from an open jail.

Ian Stirzaker, who is serving a seven-and-a-half years sentence for beating a vulnerable man unconscious, failed to return to HMP Hatfield in Doncaster on Sunday after being allowed out on day release.

The 35-year-old was jailed in July 2011 at Bradford Crown Court for inflicting grievous bodily harm on Darren Swan.

It is the latest in a number of high-profile cases of prisoners failing to return from day release to Hatfield Prison in the last few months.

Shipley Conservative MP Philip Davies urged the Government to act to prevent dangerous criminals being placed in open prisons.

He said: "It is a scandal. It is outrageous, as far as I am concerned.

"The police are catching these people, the courts are sending them to prison, and then they are in an open prison where they can just walk out.

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"The least people can expect is to be safe from these type of people. To be in an open prison where they can walk out of the gates is a scandal.

"The Government needs to get a grip on this."

He added: "No-one knows where he is, but I know where he should be - in prison.

"The public needs to be protected from violent offenders like this. It is putting people at risk of being the victim of another violent crime."

Bradford East Liberal Democrats MP David Ward, in whose constituency Stirzaker committed the attack, was more cautious.

He said: "There is obviously a story behind it that we are not aware of. It is easy to jump to assumptions and conclusions.

"I know very well that they take very great care to make sure that the public is safe. It is a tough job and there are difficult decisions to be made, and sometimes it does not work out."

Mr Ward added: "It sounds as if he was guilty of a heinous crime for which he was serving time. It is a hugely difficult decision to make when deciding if someone is okay for release. Sometimes they will make the wrong decision."

Police in South Yorkshire have joined forces with West Yorkshire Police to hunt for Stirzaker, and are appealing for help from the public.

Stirzaker is white, 5ft 8ins, with brown hair. He was last seen wearing a white tee-shirt, black jogging bottoms and white trainers

In July 2011, the Telegraph & Argus reported that Mr Swan needed life-saving surgery to remove his ruptured spleen after the brutal attack by Stirzaker and Lee Lock.

The attack happened after Stirzaker had lured Mr Swan to a house on Spinkwell Close, Undercliffe, on November 17, 2010.

Mr Swan, who had drug and alcohol addiction problems, was beaten senseless in the kitchen at Spinkwell Close after failing to take the rap when Lock was caught with drugs, the court heard.

He suffered multiple injuries and spent three weeks in Bradford Royal Infirmary.

Anyone with information on Stirzaker's whereabouts has been urged to call South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 990 of August 10, 2014.

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6:46am Wed 13 Aug 14

Albion. says...

"Day release"! The only release he should have got was the release of the trapdoor! A sad story of how we molly-coddle the wrongdoer.
"Day release"! The only release he should have got was the release of the trapdoor! A sad story of how we molly-coddle the wrongdoer. Albion.
  • Score: 26

7:40am Wed 13 Aug 14

bd7 helper says...

Just do your full sentence then plan for your future in the last 3 months
Just do your full sentence then plan for your future in the last 3 months bd7 helper
  • Score: 10

8:57am Wed 13 Aug 14

pww of idle says...

Typical Lib.Dem comment from the Brat'fud East MP , in so much the victim is at fault as usual ! it's obvious we should compensate this savage criminal , as this crime has obviously upset his tender senses & can't accept a nice/cosy open prison. God help the law abiding people of the UK in years to come !!!!
Typical Lib.Dem comment from the Brat'fud East MP , in so much the victim is at fault as usual ! it's obvious we should compensate this savage criminal , as this crime has obviously upset his tender senses & can't accept a nice/cosy open prison. God help the law abiding people of the UK in years to come !!!! pww of idle
  • Score: 21

10:03am Wed 13 Aug 14

Cityman23 says...

There's a lot wrong in the prisons system at the moment, and part of the reason is there are too many people in prison . That's too many people who shouldn't be in prison.

People who commit acts of violence and who are a danger to otherd most certainly should be in prison, but drug/ drink addicts and people with mental health problems and petty criminals shouldn't. They can be dealt with differently.

Yesterday, there was a report in the press that the Chief Inspector of Prisons in Britain said the system is in chaos. "Prison isn't working for many people. there is overcrowding, suicides, violence between prisoners and staff and people just do not want to look after prisoners as prison officers."

Perhaps there should be some sort of investigatation and report done into prison and how we deal with people at each level of crime.

To go back to the T&A case, this man if he is violent and dangerous, should not have been in an open prison. Yet it's so obvious it begs the question, WHY was he there? Was it just a stupid mistake? Did he con people into thinking he wasn't dangerous any more?


Before jumping on the bandwagon of condemnation and his usual "hang em/ flog em/ throw away the key" comments, a responsible MP would have said. This is very worrying, if mistakes have been made, those responsible will be answerable. We must wait to find out more facts to know where any blame lies. Follow police advice about what to do if people come across this man

But Philip Davies, is always shouting and bawling and blaming people, taking the cheap and easy and populist lines for himself. Yes, why don't we build more prisons- that'll be his next one!!
There's a lot wrong in the prisons system at the moment, and part of the reason is there are too many people in prison . That's too many people who shouldn't be in prison. People who commit acts of violence and who are a danger to otherd most certainly should be in prison, but drug/ drink addicts and people with mental health problems and petty criminals shouldn't. They can be dealt with differently. Yesterday, there was a report in the press that the Chief Inspector of Prisons in Britain said the system is in chaos. "Prison isn't working for many people. there is overcrowding, suicides, violence between prisoners and staff and people just do not want to look after prisoners as prison officers." Perhaps there should be some sort of investigatation and report done into prison and how we deal with people at each level of crime. To go back to the T&A case, this man if he is violent and dangerous, should not have been in an open prison. Yet it's so obvious it begs the question, WHY was he there? Was it just a stupid mistake? Did he con people into thinking he wasn't dangerous any more? Before jumping on the bandwagon of condemnation and his usual "hang em/ flog em/ throw away the key" comments, a responsible MP would have said. This is very worrying, if mistakes have been made, those responsible will be answerable. We must wait to find out more facts to know where any blame lies. Follow police advice about what to do if people come across this man But Philip Davies, is always shouting and bawling and blaming people, taking the cheap and easy and populist lines for himself. Yes, why don't we build more prisons- that'll be his next one!! Cityman23
  • Score: -12

10:12am Wed 13 Aug 14

Idlesteve says...

And Lib Dems want to stop sending drug abusers to prison at all ...... Look forward to lots more if this then eh Messrs Clegg & Ward.
And Lib Dems want to stop sending drug abusers to prison at all ...... Look forward to lots more if this then eh Messrs Clegg & Ward. Idlesteve
  • Score: 12

10:21am Wed 13 Aug 14

claret or green ? says...

Yes, but it was Nick Clegg who made the promise that, if the Lib Dems are in power after the General Election, they willnot to send offenders to prison for possession of Class A drugs.... he might as well whilst he's at it offer everyone who votes a pink pony, cos' he knows the first part of the equation is not going to happen.
Yes, but it was Nick Clegg who made the promise that, if the Lib Dems are in power after the General Election, they willnot to send offenders to prison for possession of Class A drugs.... he might as well whilst he's at it offer everyone who votes a pink pony, cos' he knows the first part of the equation is not going to happen. claret or green ?
  • Score: 6

10:25am Wed 13 Aug 14

Mik_e says...

No faith at all in our legal and prison system, far too soft and lenient. People go into prison because they have made the choice that put them there.
No faith at all in our legal and prison system, far too soft and lenient. People go into prison because they have made the choice that put them there. Mik_e
  • Score: 16

11:36am Wed 13 Aug 14

Cityman23 says...

Idlesteve wrote:
And Lib Dems want to stop sending drug abusers to prison at all ...... Look forward to lots more if this then eh Messrs Clegg & Ward.
Tell me, how does prison help a drug abuser? They need specialist programmes and help if they're to break a drug habit. But anyway, isn't there just a tiny bit of hypocrisy about the way we view illegal drugs? if you use legal drugs like tobacco or alcohol, because it's legal, society treats you very differently, when you mess up. Eg many think the antics of a drunk are amusing. yet alcohol causes much more misery and pain in this country than illegal drugs because there's much more people abusing themselves and others with it.

In prison, there's always drugs on the go and plenty of villains to ensure that when a petty criminal comes out they've been given more ideas how to become a bigger criminal. It's not called the "university of crime for nothing."

the truth is for most people and their problems.. Prison ISN'T the answer...it just becomes. Part of an even bigger problem!!
[quote][p][bold]Idlesteve[/bold] wrote: And Lib Dems want to stop sending drug abusers to prison at all ...... Look forward to lots more if this then eh Messrs Clegg & Ward.[/p][/quote]Tell me, how does prison help a drug abuser? They need specialist programmes and help if they're to break a drug habit. But anyway, isn't there just a tiny bit of hypocrisy about the way we view illegal drugs? if you use legal drugs like tobacco or alcohol, because it's legal, society treats you very differently, when you mess up. Eg many think the antics of a drunk are amusing. yet alcohol causes much more misery and pain in this country than illegal drugs because there's much more people abusing themselves and others with it. In prison, there's always drugs on the go and plenty of villains to ensure that when a petty criminal comes out they've been given more ideas how to become a bigger criminal. It's not called the "university of crime for nothing." the truth is for most people and their problems.. Prison ISN'T the answer...it just becomes. Part of an even bigger problem!! Cityman23
  • Score: -9

12:59pm Wed 13 Aug 14

OLDLAD says...

Cityman23 wrote:
Idlesteve wrote:
And Lib Dems want to stop sending drug abusers to prison at all ...... Look forward to lots more if this then eh Messrs Clegg & Ward.
Tell me, how does prison help a drug abuser? They need specialist programmes and help if they're to break a drug habit. But anyway, isn't there just a tiny bit of hypocrisy about the way we view illegal drugs? if you use legal drugs like tobacco or alcohol, because it's legal, society treats you very differently, when you mess up. Eg many think the antics of a drunk are amusing. yet alcohol causes much more misery and pain in this country than illegal drugs because there's much more people abusing themselves and others with it.

In prison, there's always drugs on the go and plenty of villains to ensure that when a petty criminal comes out they've been given more ideas how to become a bigger criminal. It's not called the "university of crime for nothing."

the truth is for most people and their problems.. Prison ISN'T the answer...it just becomes. Part of an even bigger problem!!
Place in solitary anf let them go cold turkey. Someone always has an excuse why we should cosset these people. Bringing back the birch might be a good start.
[quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Idlesteve[/bold] wrote: And Lib Dems want to stop sending drug abusers to prison at all ...... Look forward to lots more if this then eh Messrs Clegg & Ward.[/p][/quote]Tell me, how does prison help a drug abuser? They need specialist programmes and help if they're to break a drug habit. But anyway, isn't there just a tiny bit of hypocrisy about the way we view illegal drugs? if you use legal drugs like tobacco or alcohol, because it's legal, society treats you very differently, when you mess up. Eg many think the antics of a drunk are amusing. yet alcohol causes much more misery and pain in this country than illegal drugs because there's much more people abusing themselves and others with it. In prison, there's always drugs on the go and plenty of villains to ensure that when a petty criminal comes out they've been given more ideas how to become a bigger criminal. It's not called the "university of crime for nothing." the truth is for most people and their problems.. Prison ISN'T the answer...it just becomes. Part of an even bigger problem!![/p][/quote]Place in solitary anf let them go cold turkey. Someone always has an excuse why we should cosset these people. Bringing back the birch might be a good start. OLDLAD
  • Score: 8

5:02pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Cityman23 says...

OLDLAD wrote:
Cityman23 wrote:
Idlesteve wrote:
And Lib Dems want to stop sending drug abusers to prison at all ...... Look forward to lots more if this then eh Messrs Clegg & Ward.
Tell me, how does prison help a drug abuser? They need specialist programmes and help if they're to break a drug habit. But anyway, isn't there just a tiny bit of hypocrisy about the way we view illegal drugs? if you use legal drugs like tobacco or alcohol, because it's legal, society treats you very differently, when you mess up. Eg many think the antics of a drunk are amusing. yet alcohol causes much more misery and pain in this country than illegal drugs because there's much more people abusing themselves and others with it.

In prison, there's always drugs on the go and plenty of villains to ensure that when a petty criminal comes out they've been given more ideas how to become a bigger criminal. It's not called the "university of crime for nothing."

the truth is for most people and their problems.. Prison ISN'T the answer...it just becomes. Part of an even bigger problem!!
Place in solitary anf let them go cold turkey. Someone always has an excuse why we should cosset these people. Bringing back the birch might be a good start.
Well why stop with the birch when you could use the cat o' nine tails, electric shock treatment and the wrack.!!

People talk blithely about 'birch them, hang em, throw away the key.'

But they don't think about WHO will inflict such treatment and WHO will oversee the prison populatation whist it's going on.

Truth to say, we've moved on from the dark ages and some responses to crime are best left ...in the history books. But, of course talking tough always sounds good and as Philip Davies knows only too well, appeals to certain 'kinds' of voter!! He loves speaking out on such matters and playing to the gallery.
[quote][p][bold]OLDLAD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Idlesteve[/bold] wrote: And Lib Dems want to stop sending drug abusers to prison at all ...... Look forward to lots more if this then eh Messrs Clegg & Ward.[/p][/quote]Tell me, how does prison help a drug abuser? They need specialist programmes and help if they're to break a drug habit. But anyway, isn't there just a tiny bit of hypocrisy about the way we view illegal drugs? if you use legal drugs like tobacco or alcohol, because it's legal, society treats you very differently, when you mess up. Eg many think the antics of a drunk are amusing. yet alcohol causes much more misery and pain in this country than illegal drugs because there's much more people abusing themselves and others with it. In prison, there's always drugs on the go and plenty of villains to ensure that when a petty criminal comes out they've been given more ideas how to become a bigger criminal. It's not called the "university of crime for nothing." the truth is for most people and their problems.. Prison ISN'T the answer...it just becomes. Part of an even bigger problem!![/p][/quote]Place in solitary anf let them go cold turkey. Someone always has an excuse why we should cosset these people. Bringing back the birch might be a good start.[/p][/quote]Well why stop with the birch when you could use the cat o' nine tails, electric shock treatment and the wrack.!! People talk blithely about 'birch them, hang em, throw away the key.' But they don't think about WHO will inflict such treatment and WHO will oversee the prison populatation whist it's going on. Truth to say, we've moved on from the dark ages and some responses to crime are best left ...in the history books. But, of course talking tough always sounds good and as Philip Davies knows only too well, appeals to certain 'kinds' of voter!! He loves speaking out on such matters and playing to the gallery. Cityman23
  • Score: -5

5:42pm Wed 13 Aug 14

john/garage says...

If it's left to the likes of Wardy and Cleggy prison will be a safer bet than living in Bradford ooh sorry it already is in some parts especially the one's run by the Lib Dems.
Totally out of touch with most peoples thoughts and feelings
If it's left to the likes of Wardy and Cleggy prison will be a safer bet than living in Bradford ooh sorry it already is in some parts especially the one's run by the Lib Dems. Totally out of touch with most peoples thoughts and feelings john/garage
  • Score: 5

10:02pm Wed 13 Aug 14

bradford88 says...

Find him, lock him up and throw away the key, we dont need scum like him on our streets.
Find him, lock him up and throw away the key, we dont need scum like him on our streets. bradford88
  • Score: 2

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