The case of an armed robber who raided banks while on day release from Springhill Prison has ‘horrified’ Justice Minister Jeremy Wright.
Sean Bradish, 46, held up a string of terrified cashiers, sometimes just hours after leaving the category D prison in Grendon Underwood for days out.
He wore a hooded coat and balaclava to carry out the raids at banks and building societies around London.
According to reports, the court heard that one bank worker was a victim or Bradish’s armed spree three times.
Bradish was sent back to jail at the Old Bailey earlier this month.
He was originally jailed in 2002 for armed robbery.
After one raid Bradish returned to Springhill late – but was allowed to continue on the day release scheme.
Justice Minister Jeremy Wright said: “Like everyone else, I am horrified by cases of offenders out on temporary licence who have been charged with very serious offences – which is why we are reviewing the current processes as a matter of urgency.
“Release on licence can be an important tool in preparing offenders for their release from prison – but it must not be done at the expense of public safety.”