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Armed robber released from prison by accident taunts police by posing with police van

The 34-year-old was in his first year of a nine year sentence.

Ryan Byrne
Ryan Byrne
Image: Met Police via Press Office

A MAN WHO was accidentally released from prison is taunting police by posting photos of himself posing next to a police van and drinking beer

Ryan Byrne was mistakenly freed from Wandsworth Prison in south London on Friday, after being sentenced to nine years earlier this year for burglary, theft and robbery

The 34-year-old is described as 5ft 11ins tall, of medium build with blue eyes and a goatee beard.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said police were informed by the Prison Service on Friday that Byrne had been released in error.

A Prison Service spokeswoman said: “Releases in error are very rare but regrettable occurrences.

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“The number of incidents have fallen significantly in recent years with figures down by a quarter compared to 2009/10 but every incident is taken extremely seriously and we are not complacent.

“We are investigating this incident. The recapture of this prisoner is now a matter for the police.”

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