Escaped prisoner was arrested over Donegal burglaries

Altnagelvin Hospital.
Altnagelvin Hospital.

A man who escaped from police custody at Altnagelvin Hospital was a 40-year-old who had been arrested in connection with a series of burglaries over the border, it has emerged.

Police have now confirmed that he was one of three men arrested in Derry on suspicion of involvement in a string of burglaries and other criminal acts across the border in Co Donegal.

A PSNI spokesman said that the escapee had been taken to the hospital on Tuesday afternoon after saying he was unwell, before giving police the slip.

Earlier the PSNI confirmed they have been unable to track down the escapee overnight.

The man’s name has not been released by police, it is understood, because he is not considered a danger to the public.

PSNI Chief Inspector Tony Callaghan had said earlier: “I can confirm that a male person who was under police custody has made off from officers whilst at a hospital in the Foyle area.

“Police are currently working to locate him.”

Bosses at the Western Health and Social Care Trust meanwhile today again declined to comment about what happened.

A Trust spokeswoman repeated: “Respecting confidentiality the Western Trust does not comment on the individual treatment and care of its patients or clients”.