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Shaun Walmsley: Four held in hunt for escaped Liverpool murderer

Shaun Walmsley Image copyright Merseyside Police
Image caption Shaun Walmsley, 28, was serving a life sentence with a minimum term of 30 years for murder

Police hunting a "highly dangerous" convicted murderer who escaped custody in Liverpool have arrested four people.

Shaun Walmsley was sprung from custody by two armed men in February as he was getting into a cab with prison officers at Aintree University Hospital.

Merseyside Police have detained four people from Anfield - women aged 33 and 65, and men aged 38 and 66.

They are all being held on suspicion of assisting a person unlawfully at large and money laundering, police said.

After executing warrants in Anfield and Kinmel Bay in Conwy, officers also seized a "significant quantity of cash" and two vehicles, which will now be forensically examined.

Fourteen people have now been arrested in the investigation - the 10 people held previously have been released pending further inquiries.

Walmsley is one of four men serving life sentences for murdering Anthony Duffy in 2014.

Police have offered £20,000 of Walmsley's own money - seized by officers following his conviction - as a reward for information leading to his capture.

Detectives are appealing for information but have advised people not to approach Walmsley, who they describe as "highly dangerous".

Image copyright Merseyside Police
Image caption Police released an image of Walmsley on the day he escaped custody

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