A ROBBER went on the run from prison because he wanted to see his mum.

Bolton Crown Court heard that Tyler Hughes was serving a seven and a half year sentence when he learnt that his mother had been assaulted.

He walked out of Thorn Cross open prison, near Warrington, on May 19 and came home to Bolton.

Rachel Widdicombe, prosecuting, told how his disappearance was discovered when there was role call at the jail.

Hughes, aged 23, was caught 10 days later at his father's home in St Helens Road.

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The court heard that he was jailed in December 2016 and was due to be released in May next year.

He pleaded guilty to escaping from prison.

Nicholas Ross, defending, stressed that Hughes had asked his father to phone police so he could surrender.

Mr Ross said: "He is disappointed in himself that he has prejudiced own his position and, of course, he is now in a secure prison at Forest


He added that Hughes had been concerned about his mother.

"One can understand, but not approve of, his mode of thinking," said Mr Ross.

"He profoundly regrets the rash and ill-judged decision he made."

Recorder Mark Ainsworth sentenced Hughes to an additional four months in prison, meaning he will not now be released until July next year.

He told Hughes he had been transferred to the open prison because he was trusted.

"Clearly that trust has been misplaced in your case," he


"You must appreciate that it undermines the system fundamentally if prisoners start walking out of prisons when they feel like it and the court must mark the sentence with a term of imprisonment.