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Police trace prisoner missing from Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

Lee Hipson Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption Lee Hipson went missing after being taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

A prisoner who allegedly escaped from custody at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary has been caught, police have confirmed.

They detained Lee Hipson after tracing him to the Newtonhill area on Friday afternoon.

Officers were alerted at about 00:20 that the 24-year-old was missing from the hospital, where he had been taken for treatment.

A statement from Police Scotland said Hipson was expected to appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

Local area commander Ch Insp Kevin Wallace: "I would like to thank the members of the public who assisted officers with this enquiry and for sharing our appeal."

A police car was involved in an accident while reacting to a reported sighting of Hipson in the Cornhill area of Aberdeen.

A spokesman for the force said: "Police received a potential sighting of missing prisoner Lee Hipson in the Cornhill area this afternoon. During the response a collision occurred between a marked police vehicle and one other car.

"Enquiries are ongoing."

He was expected to appear in court on Tuesday.

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