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Prisoner Escapes After Swapping Clothes With Twin Brother

March 22, 1990

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) _ Prison authorities say a convicted burglar swapped clothes with his visiting twin brother and escaped - leaving the brother behind and in trouble with the law.

Prison officers did not realize the wrong man was back in the cells until an inmate pointed out a telltale tattoo.

The 19-year-old twins both have their Christian names tattooed on their necks.

They managed to switch clothes Tuesday in a busy visiting area at Cardiff prison, allowing Anthony Litton to escape.

Now, Terry Litton is behind bars, accused of helping his brother escape. Cardiff magistrates refused an application for bail and ordered to appear in court again next week.

″The twins have always been pranksters - but this time they have gone too far. The police won’t see the funny side of it,″ said their father Ken, 45, of Rhondda, Mid Glamorgan.

″It is an embarrassing situation,″ said prison governor Alan Rawlson, who launched an immediate investigation into the mix-up.

″It is a very big room and at visiting time it is very busy - although no part of it is actually out of sight of the officers.

Anthony Litton, serving a two-year sentence for burglary, had donned his brother’s green bomber jacket, checked shirt and jeans, before leaving the jail with relatives who were visiting other prisoners.

As well as ″Tony″ on the right side of his neck, he has mushrooms and a Black Widow spider tattooed on his forearms.

The twins’ father said: ″We just can’t understand why Tony wanted to escape because he is due for parole soon.

Their mother Ann, 40, added: ″In school they had to wear name tags - which they were always switching to confuse the teacher.

″I reckon the decision to escape must have been made on the spur of the moment. I really hope all this doesn’t land them both in too much trouble.″

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