Northern Ireland

Thomas Valliday, convicted murderer, escapes during hospital visit

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Image caption Thomas Valliday escaped from prison staff during a visit to the Ulster Hospital

Police are searching for a convicted murderer who escaped from prison staff on Friday afternoon.

Thomas Valliday is unlawfully at large from Maghaberry prison.

The 27-year-old escaped while at the Ulster hospital in Dundonald.

Police have issued a warning to the public not to approach Valliday as he is considered dangerous.

Valliday was told in March 2010 that he would serve at least 17 years of a life sentence for the murder of west Belfast man Frank 'Bap' McGreevy.

He attacked the 51-year-old former IRA prisoner in his flat in Ross Street in Belfast in March 2008.

Valliday, also from west Belfast, was high on a cocktail of drink and drugs when he battered Mr McGreevy with a variety of weapons, including a pick-axe handle.

Mr McGreevy died three days later.

Police are urging anyone who may see Valliday to call them.

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