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Escaped murderer hunt: Police make two arrests

Convicted murderer Shaun Walmsley has been on the run since Tuesday Credit: PA

Police on the hunt for a convicted murderer who escaped from custody have arrested two people on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Merseyside Police detained a 27-year-old man and 26-year-old woman on Thursday as they continue to look for Shaun Walmsley.

Walmsley, 28, who is serving a minimum 30-year-old sentence, has been at large since Tuesday afternoon when two armed men helped him escape during an escorted hospital visit in Aintree.

Officers made Thursday's arrests at a property in Liverpool.

A police spokesperson said: "The two people arrested have been taken to police stations on Merseyside where they will be questioned in relation to the escape of prisoner Shaun Walmsley."

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Polls close in Stoke and Copeland by-elections

The polls have closed what could be two historic by-elections in Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent.

Voters arrived at a polling station in Stoke-on-Trent earlier on Thursday Credit: Pa

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn faced potentially his most difficult electoral challenge so far, with upsets predicted in both constituencies.

In Copeland, the Conservatives were tipped to win after almost 80 years as a Labour stronghold.

And in Stoke-on-Trent - a seat previously held by Labour leadership contender Tristram Hunt - Ukip's Paul Nuttall was hoping to become the party's first leader to be elected as an MP.

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