Pentonville prison break: Man charged with assisting escaped convict

Tom Powell
Escape: Matthew Baker (left) and James Whitlock broke out of prison: Metropolitan Police

A man has been charged in relation to a prison escape from Pentonville jail.

Scott O'Reilly, 48, of Shepherd's Lane, east London, has been charged with assisting an offender, the Metropolitan Police said.

He has been bailed to attend Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on April 13.

Police launched a manhunt after Matthew Baker and James Whitlock escaped from HMP Pentonville on November 7 2016.

Three other people were arrested for assisting an offender and bailed.

They are a 33-year-old man who has been re-bailed to a date to be confirmed, a 24-year-old woman who is bailed to a date in mid-April, and a 19-year-old man who has been released from his bail and will face no further action.

According to reports, the escaped cellmates' beds had been stuffed with pillows to make them look as though they were sleeping.

The pair are said to have used diamond-tipped cutting equipment to cut through bars before scaling a perimeter wall to freedom.