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Escape prisoner who cut own ear arrested in Southport

Michael O'Donnell, escaped prisoner
Image caption Michael O'Donnell was convicted of being part of a robbery plot

A prisoner who cut off part of his ear so he could escape from an ambulance in Greater Manchester has been arrested.

Michael O'Donnell, 29, was on remand at HMP Forest Bank in Salford when he took a razor to his ear while in his cell.

He was taken to hospital on 2 May, but on the way the ambulance was held up by masked men and O'Donnell escaped.

He was arrested at Pontin's in Southport, Merseyside, on Friday on suspicion of escaping from lawful custody.

Two other men, aged 24 and 52, were also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy in assisting an offender to escape from lawful custody.

O'Donnell was sharing a cell with his brother when the incident happened.

He was being taken to Hope Hospital when a stolen BMW pulled in front of it, forcing it to stop on Agecroft Road.

Four masked men then attacked the vehicle with baseball bats and bolt cutters and O'Donnell, who was escorted by three prison guards, escaped.

The BMW, which had been stolen in a burglary on 30 April in Levenshulme, was later found abandoned near to Lumbs Lane.

O'Donnell was due to be sentenced at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court on Friday for conspiracy to convert criminal property, in relation to a car cloning crime ring.

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