Prisoner who fled police still at large

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A 40-year-old male prisoner who gave police the slip last week is still at large, writes Sheena Jackson.

The man escaped from police custody while receiving treatment at Altnagelvin last Tuesday morning.

A PSNI spokesman confirmed to the ‘Journal’ the man was still at large, and police were continuing to make efforts to locate him.

Chief Inspector Tony Callaghan confirmed to the ‘Journal’ the man was one of three people arrested in Derry on Monday, November 3 when police stopped a car at a cordon point close to the bomb attack in Creggan.

The three were arrested on suspicion of involvement in burglaries in Co Donegal on Monday afternoon.

Chief Insp. Callaghan said during interview on Tuesday the man said he was ill and was subsequently taken to the hospital, which was when he made off.

Chief Insp. Callaghan said the man had not been charged with any offence at the time, and that police do not believe he poses a risk of harm to members of the public.

A PSNI spokesperson added that “the circumstances of the incident are under investigation and it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time”.

A spokesperson for The Western Health and Social Care Trus said: “Respecting confidentiality the Western Trust does not comment on the individual treatment and care of its patients or clients”.