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Recaptured prisoner Derek Brockwell transferred to England

By Chris Kilpatrick

A violent robber arrested by police in Belfast after going on the run has been transferred to a prison in England.

Derek Brockwell escaped from Tallaght Hospital in Dublin last month where he had been for a scheduled hospital appointment from Portlaoise Prison.

He escaped from custody by stabbing two prison officers before being picked up by an accomplice on a motorbike which then sped from the scene.

The next night he was Tasered by police outside a Belfast city centre bar, having carried out two armed robberies on shops on the Dublin Road.

He stabbed himself in the stomach as police officers approached to arrest him in Bedford Street on February 18.

Brockwell, who was handed 22 life sentences in the UK for armed robbery, absconded to Ireland while on temporary release from an English prison.

He was returned to England yesterday.

PSNI Superintendent Paula Hillman said: "PSNI can confirm that Derek Brockwell, who was unlawfully at large from the Republic of Ireland, has been released from hospital and transferred to HMP Frankland, England."

On Tuesday gardai arrested a prison inmate and his parents on suspicion of helping Brockwell escape and move across the border. They were arrested in the Ashbourne area of Co Meath and Portlaoise.

The serial criminal was two years into a seven-year sentence for armed robbery after he admitted holding up the Bank of Ireland in Blackrock, south Dublin, in October 2012. He was also convicted of robbing a post office and a bookmaker's.

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