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Prison van fugitive held by police

A fugitive who went on the run after he was sprung from a prison van has been arrested, police have confirmed.

Ryan MacDonald, 20, and Stevie McMullen, 31, were being taken to court when they were freed in Salford on Tuesday by three masked men, two armed with guns, who attacked the GEOAmey prison transport vehicle.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said McMullen was arrested on Sunday afternoon with two other men in car that was travelling on the A6 in Lancashire, near to Lancaster University.

MacDonald is still at large and there is a £10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

McMullen was arrested on suspicion of escaping from lawful custody. The other two men, aged 27 and 25, were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. They have been taken into police custody for questioning.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood said officers have been working "round-the-clock to trace these fugitives and bring them back into custody". He said a 31-year-old man had been arrested in the Lancashire area as part of the operation, but efforts continue to trace Ryan MacDonald.

He said: "On Friday, a £10,000 reward was put forward for information leading to the capture of these two men. This full £10,000 reward still stands for anyone who gives us information that leads to MacDonald's arrest and will be paid when he is back behind bars.

"I would ask members of the public not to approach this man due to the potential danger he poses, but if you see him then please call the police immediately. We continue to follow up on a number of leads but I would also like to offer MacDonald the opportunity to hand himself in, which he can do either by calling police himself, or by contacting a trusted family member, friend or his solicitor."

Shortly after 9am on Tuesday, a GEOAmey prison van carrying prisoners from HMP Altcourse to Manchester Crown Square was attacked on Regent Road, Salford, near to its junction with Gloucester Street, by at least three men wearing dark clothing and balaclavas.

On Tuesday, April 30 a 28-year-old woman and 24-year-old man were detained at a house on the Ordsall estate on suspicion of being involved in assisting an offender. They have been released on bail pending further inquiries until June 26.


From Belfast Telegraph