Gangland boss who once hatched Whitemoor escape bid moved to ‘holiday camp’ open jail
PUBLISHED: 13:31 09 September 2011
GANGLAND killer Kenneth Noye who once tried to break out of Whitemoor Prison has finally left through the front door en route to an open jail to complete his sentence.
The 64 year-old gangster, notorious for a road rage murder, has been serving a life sentence inside the Cambridgeshire prison but was yesterday moved out to category B Lowdham Grange near Nottingham.
It brings to an end a remarkable spell at Whitemoor for Noyes who, six years ago, was moved out temporarily after an escape bid.
Noyes, who once served 14 years handling the £25 million Brink-Max gold robbery, was said to have planned for a mobile phone – needed to plot s escape- smuggled into Whitemoor in a box of Weetabix.
Now, 11 years after receiving a life sentence, Noye is being allowed to complete his term – expected to be up to four more years- at what some inmates have described as being “more holiday camp than prison”.
Noye can, apparently, expect a cell to himself with TV, PlayStation, fridge and an en suite shower.
According to the Daily Mirror the family of Stephen Cameron, 21 – who was stabbed to death by Noye during a row on an M25 roundabout in 1996 – have been angered by the move.
Stephen’s father Ken told the Mirror that he believed Noye was “still a very dangerous man. A leopard never changes its spots. But now he’s going to get a softer time inside.”
Mr Cameron senior, who lives in Norfolk, was angry he’d been moved “to a softer prison and didn’t even let us know”.
At one stage during his time at Whitemoor, Noye was held in the Special Secure Unit where he was deemed “an exceptional escape risk”. However in recent years he has been a model prisoner.
One ex con told the Mirror: “Noye is polite and respectful and good as gold.
“He was looking forward to getting out of Whitemoor. He called it a toilet.”
Noye also attracted controversy inside Whitemoor after launching a High Court challenge against the conditions in which he was being held captive. He tried unsuccessfully to argue condition at Whitemoor contravened his rights under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, not to be subjected to “inhuman or degrading” treatment.