Hereford & Worcester

Inquiry after Hereford prisoner escape

An investigation is under way after a prisoner escaped in Hereford while being transported by a security firm.

The 17-year-old was being taken from Hereford Youth Court by Reliance on Monday afternoon when he fled in the Aylestone Hill area of the city.

He was recaptured later in the evening after a search involving the police helicopter and dogs.

Two staff from Reliance were taken to hospital with severe bruising.

They were taking the prisoner to Werrington Young Offenders' Institution in Stoke-on-Trent.

A statement from Reliance, which is now investigating the escape, said: "We transport and oversee the welfare of 200,000 prisoners every year with incidents of this nature being extremely rare."

The police said a 17-year-old is now in custody on suspicion of assault, escaping lawful custody, burglary and theft.

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