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    Around 40 prisoners classed as "high risk" are feared to be on the loose on the British Virgin Islands.

    Forty "high-risk" prisoners were reportedly among a total of 120 cons who escaped and fled as Hurricane Irma bore down in the Caribbean.

    A photo of what is believed to be a British Cabinet briefing paper has now revealed that officials are attempting to 'secure the transfer of the prisoners' to the island of St. Lucia.

    This latest news will do little to ease the plight of thousands of tourists and local residents already struggling to cope in the aftermath of the devastation caused throughout the Caribbean.

    Earlier, in his latest video update, the son of Virgin tycoon Richard Branson warned inmates had now armed themselves after fleeing from jail.

    His comments came after a prison on Tortola — the largest of the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean — had reportedly been blown open after the storm.

    Sources told Sky News that between 100 and 120 prisoners made the audacious escape from the jail.

    Boris Johnson, the UK's Foreign Secretary, is set to fly to the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla to see for himself the scale of the destruction and scale of the relief aid required. No date has yet been given for the visit.

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    devastation, jail, prisoners, Hurricane Irma, hurricane, Richard Branson, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean, Anguilla
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