Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

FERGIE AIDE FOUND WITH HER FAMILY; KILLER CAUGHT AT . [Pounds Sterling]29-A-NIGHT HOTEL; FUGITIVE HAD BEEN . SLEEPING ROUGH; SHE IS TRAPPED BY . TAXI DRIVER'S TIP-OFF

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

FERGIE AIDE FOUND WITH HER FAMILY; KILLER CAUGHT AT . [Pounds Sterling]29-A-NIGHT HOTEL; FUGITIVE HAD BEEN . SLEEPING ROUGH; SHE IS TRAPPED BY . TAXI DRIVER'S TIP-OFF

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Byline: Justin Davenport and Terry Kirby

FORMER royal aide Jane Andrews was with her elderly parents and her brother when she was recaptured today at a budget hotel, it was revealed this afternoon.

It is thought the Duchess of York's former dresser, who was sentenced to life in 2001 for murdering her boyfriend, had been sleeping rough since absconding from an open prison two days ago.

She was dropped off at the [pounds sterling]29-a-night Premier Inn at Maidstone services by taxi at about 2am. The driver alerted police and she was arrested after checking in.

Police declined to identify three people who were with Andrews at the time, although it is understood they were her parents, June and David, and brother Mark. They were questioned by police and released. Sources said the family had not been involved in the escape.

Andrews, 42, went missing from East Sutton Park prison at Sutton Valence on Sunday. The Premier Inn hotel, six miles away on the M20 near Hollingbourne in Kent, is part of a chain being advertised on TV by Lenny Henry.

It is near junction eight of the motorway, a popular stopping-off point for lorry drivers and motorists going to and from the Channel Tunnel and Dover. A member of staff said: "The police came here very early this morning and took away this woman. I wouldn't call it a good place to hide because this is a really busy hotel."

Kent police said she was safe and well and had been taken into custody. Andrews absconded from East Sutton Park four days after being moved there. She is believed to have jumped over a prison wall after a therapy session.

She was sentenced to life for stabbing and battering to death Tom Cressman at their Fulham home in 2000 after he refused to marry her.

Mr Cressman's brother Rick said his family were "very relieved" that Andrews had been recaptured, adding: "She could have easily found a way to escape to Europe. She's wasted vast amounts of police time and caused a great deal of trauma for my family, especially my elderly mother."

Andrews was not due to be released until 2012 and is now expected to serve the remainder of her sentence in a high-security jail. …

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