Appeal to find teen who escaped police custody in Dungiven

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A Sinn Fein councillor has appealed to the public to help police track down a teenager who escaped from their custody in the Dungiven area on Monday afternoon.

Police said the 15-year-old male youth was wearing a grey tracksuit and black shoes when he escaped from a parked police car in the Glenshane Road area at around 4.25pm.

The ‘Journal’ can reveal police had stopped to help a motorist who needed assistance.

Chief Inspector Andy Lemon said: “The youth is not believed to pose a risk to the public and I would appeal to anyone with any information as to his whereabouts to contact police in Limavady on 101.”

Colr. McGlinchey said: “From what I understand, police were transferring this teenager to a location when they stopped to help a motorist. People locally are worried for this young man’s safety. If anyone has any information, I would urge them to contact police immediately.”

SDLP Colr. Michael Coyle, who is chair of Limavady PCSP, said: “There is quite a lot of local concern over the escape of a juvenile from a police car in the Dungiven area. People are concerned for the safety of the young person involved, and I apeal to anyone with information - no matter how small - to contact police or their local political representative.”