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Security to be reviewed at Derry court as man remains on the run after scaling fences

Published 23/12/2015

Security arrangements at Londonderry courthouse are to be reviewed as a manhunt continues for a man who escaped from police by scaling two security fences.

The 22-year-old was driven by police from Strand Road police station to the court house on Wednesday morning.

The BBC reported that police parked in a secure area outside the building - but the man wasn't handcuffed when he got out and he immediately scaled a 6ft high security fence.

Police tried to catch him when he proceeded to scale a 10ft second fence.

He reportedly then walked through turnstiles and sprinted down the street.

A PSNI spokesman said: "Police in Derry/Londonderry can confirm that a 22-year-old man has absconded from the City’s Courthouse this morning, Wednesday 23 December.

"Officers are currently actively seeking to locate him and a police investigation into the incident is ongoing.

"Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident this morning to contact them at Strand Road on the non-emergency number 101."

It is understood the incident was captured on CCTV.

In a statement Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service said a review has been commissioned of security arrangements.

"Northern Ireland Courts & Tribunals Service (NICTS) are aware of an incident at Londonderry Courthouse this morning and are satisfied that NICTS procedures were carried out in line with security protocols.

"Although NICTS procedures were followed, the NICTS Chief Executive has commissioned a review of security arrangements at Londonderry/Derry Courthouse."

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