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Member of 'Fat' Andy burglary gang caught after six weeks on the run

Martin Connors (Pic via Suffolk Police)
Martin Connors (Pic via Suffolk Police)

A MEMBER of the notorious ‘Fat’ Andy Connors burglary gang who absconded from an English prison and spent almost six weeks on the run has been arrested in Wales.

Gardai had been investigating if Martin Connors (24), of Hazel Hill, Tallaght, had returned to Ireland after fleeing from Hollesley Bay open prison last month.

However, he was arrested in Pembrokeshire on Sunday evening by Welsh police and returned to jail.

It is understood he was about to board a ferry for Ireland when he was picked up.

Connors was extradited to England from Ireland last March and was then jailed for 12 months for attempted burglary.

He was reported as missing just after 8pm on June 4. 

Police in Suffolk issued an appeal for information, but warned that anyone who saw him should “not approach Connors or attempt to take any further action other than calling
the police”.

The open prison he absconded from has long been known as Holiday Bay because of its relaxed regime and sea views, as well as the fact that a large number of inmates have escaped over the past 15 years.

Connors is expected to be placed in a tougher prison for the remainder of his sentence.

He is well-known to gardai and was also jailed in Northern Ireland on charges of burglary, burglary with intent and criminal damage in Co Armagh during 2010 and 2011.

‘Fat’ Andy’ Connors (46), a father-of-six, was shot dead at his home in Saggart, Co Dublin, in August 2014.