M25 road rage killer Kenneth Noye is refused move to open prison

Kenneth Noye fled to Spain after he murdered Stephen Cameron in 1996

Road rage killer Kenneth Noye has been refused a move to an open prison over fears for public safety. Justice Secretary Michael Gove rejected a ruling last month by the Parole Board that the notorious gangster was suitable for a move to open conditions.

Noye, 68, was jailed for life for the road rage murder of 21-year-old Stephen Cameron in 1996 during a fight on an M25 slip road at Swanley in Kent.

He went on the run after the killing but was captured in Spain in 1998. He was jailed in 2000 with a minimum term set at 16 years in 2002 by the then Home Secretary David Blunkett.


Rare intervention

The parole board considered a request from Noye to be released from Wayland Prison in Norfolk. Being moved to an open prison is the first stage of the process that usually leads to release.

Such an intervention by the Secretary of State is rare, with fewer than 1% of Parole Board recommendations being turned down over the last five years.

About 40 recommendations out of up to 6,000 from 2010 to this year have been rejected by the Justice Secretary. Noye is entitled to another parole hearing within two years.

Kenneth Noye was jailed for life for the murder of Stephen Cameron on the M25 in 1996. After the Parole Board made its recommendation Mr Cameron's father Ken said he and his wife Toni were devastated.

He said the couple wanted him to stay behind bars and believed he would abscond from an open prison. Noye became one of Britain's most notorious criminals through his involvement in the £26m Brink's-Mat raid in 1983 - one of the UK's biggest robberies.

Six armed men posed as security guards and stole 6,800 gold bars from a warehouse at Heathrow Airport. During the police investigation, undercover officer Det Con John Fordham was stabbed to death in the grounds of Noye's mansion in West Kingsdown, Kent in 1985.

Noye was cleared of murder on the grounds of self defence, but jailed for 14 years for handling stolen bullion.