Derek Brockwell: Three arrests over prisoner's escape

Derek Brockwell Image copyright Garda (Irish police) photo
Image caption Derek Brockwell escaped from police custody during a visit to a Dublin hospital last month, and was recaptured by the PSNI in Belfast the following night

Three people have been arrested in the Republic of Ireland in connection with the escape of a prisoner who fled across the border to Northern Ireland.

Derek Brockwell, who is originally from Glasgow, escaped from custody at Tallaght Hospital in Dublin last month.

He was arrested at a pub in Belfast the following night.

The three people being questioned are an inmate at Portlaoise prison, County Laois, and a couple in their 60s from Ashbourne, County Meath.

Brockwell remains in custody in Northern Ireland, having stabbed himself in the stomach as police officers approached to arrest him outside a pub in Bedford Street on 18 February.

Image caption Derek Brockwell stabbed himself as police arrested him in Belfast and was taken away from the bar in an ambulance

The 53-year-old escapee had been serving a seven-year sentence in Portlaoise prison after being convicted of armed robbery in Dublin in 2013.

He had arrived in Dublin the previous year, after absconding from a prison in Lancashire while he was on day release.

He was serving a life sentence in the Lancashire prison, for a series of armed robberies in London.

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