‘Scarborough Slasher’: Police make a further arrest

Scarborough Police say a woman has been arrested on suspicion of helping 'Scarborough Slasher' Damien Burns during his escape. She's since been bailed.
Scarborough Police say a woman has been arrested on suspicion of helping 'Scarborough Slasher' Damien Burns during his escape. She's since been bailed.

Police have made another arrest following the capture of the escaped prisoner dubbed the ‘Scarborough Slasher’.

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of helping Damien Burns, who was found in a cupboard in Wykeham Street after he walked out of his minimum security Doncaster prison.

Picture shows Damien Burns who has absconded from HMP and YOI Hatfield in Doncater, South Yorkshire. See Ross Parry copy RPYABSCOND : Police are asking the public for assistance in locating two men who have absconded from HMP & YOI Hatfield in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.  Damien Burns, 39, originally from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, and Dean Jackson, 27, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, absconded from the open prison yesterday evening (Monday, 19 May).  Officers believe they may be attempting to make their way back to the areas they originate from as they do not have any known connections in the South Yorkshire region.  Burns was serving an indeterminate sentence, since 2007, for a knifepoint robbery and Jackson was on remand awaiting a sentence for a theft related matter.

Picture shows Damien Burns who has absconded from HMP and YOI Hatfield in Doncater, South Yorkshire. See Ross Parry copy RPYABSCOND : Police are asking the public for assistance in locating two men who have absconded from HMP & YOI Hatfield in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Damien Burns, 39, originally from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, and Dean Jackson, 27, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, absconded from the open prison yesterday evening (Monday, 19 May). Officers believe they may be attempting to make their way back to the areas they originate from as they do not have any known connections in the South Yorkshire region. Burns was serving an indeterminate sentence, since 2007, for a knifepoint robbery and Jackson was on remand awaiting a sentence for a theft related matter.

Now police have announced that a further arrest has been made.

A 22-year-old woman was arrested that night at the same address in Wykeham Street on suspicion of assisting Burns.

North Yorkshire Police have only just released details of the arrest, with a force spokesperson attributing the delay to issues to a “late entry” on the police logs.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: “Officers from Scarborough assisted South Yorkshire Police to locate Damien Burns, who had absconded from a prison in their area.

“Following his arrest at 5.40pm on Wednesday 21 May 2014, in Scarborough, at an address on Wykeham Street, a 22-year-old Scarborough woman was arrested at the same address on suspicion of assisting an escaped prisoner.

“She has now been released on bail to allow for further police enquiries.”

Burns, who was on the run for two days, has since been returned to jail.