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Daniel O'Loughlin sent back to jail

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: January 28, 2012

Daniel O'Loughlin

Daniel O'Loughlin

A MEMBER of a notorious Cheltenham crime family has been sent to prison for an additional four months after going on the run.

Police recaptured Daniel O'Loughlin at a Coventry hotel after he escaped custody while on day release from an 11-year sentence.

The 35-year-old, of no fixed abode, was part of the Johnson gang that netted £80 million in stately home raids in the South West over 20 years.

He was put behind bars at Reading Crown Court in 2008.

He failed to return to Doncaster prison in July last year when on day release working at the Moor Cemetery in South Yorkshire.

O'Loughlin pleaded guilty to remaining unlawfully at large at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court yesterday.

Prosecutor Sharon Jomâa said he was found after police raided the Premiere Classe in Coventry's Wigston Road on Tuesday.

She told the court that when he was caught, O'Loughlin said to police officers, "How did you manage to find me here?"

Defending, David Brown said he received distressing news before the day release and went to make a phone call – but never came back. The court heard he had not found the courage to turn himself in.

District judge Martin Brown added four months to O'Loughlin's sentence.

A 26-year-old from Cheltenham, arrested on suspicion of harbouring a prisoner, has been released on police bail until February 22.