Two convicts scale ladder to escape French prison

21st December 2005, Comments 0 comments

CARCASSONE, France, Dec 21 (AFP) - Two convicts used a ladder to escape a prison in southern France Tuesday with the apparent help of outside accomplices, officials said.

CARCASSONE, France, Dec 21 (AFP) - Two convicts used a ladder to escape a prison in southern France Tuesday with the apparent help of outside accomplices, officials said.

The men, both aged in their 20s, scaled a wall around the facility in the town of Carcassone during an exercise break, the regional prisons authority said. It did not immediately identify the men nor say for what crimes they had been sentenced.

Police and residents told AFP that, just before the jail break, a man dressed as a gardener arrived at a field behind the prison in a outdoor maintenance vehicle.

He was thought to have supplied the ladder that the two convicts used to escape.

The prison houses 130 inmates. The last time two of them escaped, in June 2003, they were caught two days later and sentenced to an additional 18 months behind bars. Three other convicts were caught trying to break out last year.

© AFP

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