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Car found in hunt for missing murderer

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Police have found the car used to spring a "highly dangerous" drug dealer out of jail where he was serving life for the savage murder of a rival.

Shaun Walmsley escaped when two men armed with a knife and a gun confronted prison officers guarding him at Aintree University Hospital during a visit from the city's HMP Walton on Tuesday afternoon.

The three fled in a gold-coloured Volvo with the reg plate MW02 XHE.

Detectives have found the car in the Fazakerley area of Liverpool and it is being forensically examined.

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Mayor of Liverpool calls for inquiry into Walmsley escape

The mayor of Liverpool is calling for an "immediate inquiry" after a drug-dealing murderer Shaun Colin Walmsley was helped by two men to escape after a hospital appointment.

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The 28 year old fled from outside Aintree University Hospital as he was getting into a vehicle with prison officers.

Labour's Liverpool Mayor, Joe Anderson, said he is "angry and incredibly shocked" by the "serious security breach", and is currently waiting for a full briefing into what happened.

Liverpool Lord MayorJoe Anderson is calling for an inquiry. Credit: PA

"We have to call for an inquiry into what has gone on and what has happened - I am going to write to the Home Secretary. This is somebody who is a convicted murderer who could well be in my city or anywhere else. We don't know whether he has got out to be part of any drug disputes in the city.

– Mayor Joe Anderson

Mr Anderson said it is a "tense time" in the city of Liverpool following recent murders and that to him it looks like Walmsley has been able to plan the escape well in advance.

He also said his understanding is that the two prison officers and Walmsley turned up to the hospital appointment in a taxi, but that he is waiting for confirmation of this.

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Police reveal more details about missing murderer's getaway car

Police searching for convicted murderer Shaun Colin Walmsley have released more details of the car used in his get escape. Walmsley escaped after two armed men ambushed the car he was travelling in during an escorted visit to Aintree Hospital.

Shaun Colin Walmsley Credit: Merseyside Police

Officers now believe the gold coloured Volvo, registration MW02 XHE, that was used, had been parked in the Adlam Crescent area of Fazakerley from around 12 midday with at least one man inside, before travelling to Aintree University Hospital where it was seen parked from around 1.25pm.

Walmsley escaped during an escorted visit to Aintree Hospital. Credit: PA

The car was found in the Adlam Crescent area at 8pm last night and will be subject of forensic examination. Police are asking anyone with any information to contact them.

"We will be relentless in our pursuit of Walmsley and the men who helped him to escape and we need the public's help to find him and put him back behind bars. We are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who may have seen the Gold Volvo used in the incident.

– Merseyside Police

If spotted Walmsley should not be approached, as he could be in the company of the others who helped him escape and they are believed to be armed. Walmsley himself is also described as dangerous.

Officers would ask anyone who has seen him, knows where he is, or anyone who saw this car in the area, to contact the police on 999, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Convicted murderer escapes during hospital visit in Liverpool

Shaun Walmsley Credit: Merseyside Police

A convicted murder is at large after escaping from custody while on a hospital visit in Liverpool.

Shaun Walmsley escaped outside Aintree Hospital while under the supervision of prison officers. Two other men threatened the guards with a gun and a knife before escaping with the 28-year-old in a gold coloured Volvo.

Walmsey had been servicing a 30-year sentence for the murder of Anthony Duffy in May 2014.

Anthony Duffy was killed in May 2014

Walmsley is described as: white, 6ft tall and of slim build with dark brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing dark bottoms and a dark jacket.

The first man, who was believed to be armed with a gun, is described as having his face covered and he was wearing white shoes, grey tracksuit bottoms with a stripe down each side, a grey hoody and a dark coat. The second man, who was believed to be armed with a knife, is described as having his face covered and he was wearing a green coat, dark Nike trainers and grey tracksuit bottoms.

Merseyside Police say patrols have been increased in the area and an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Police launch murder hunt after man dies following shooting in Liverpool

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Police have named the man who died after being shot in Liverpool today.

He was 44-year-old Thomas 'Tommy' Baker, from the Everton area.

Mr Baker was taken to hospital following the shooting in Stanley Meat Market, Old Swan this morning.

He was treated for injuries to his head and chest, but was later pronounced dead.

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“Our enquiries are clearly at a very early stage, although it does appear that this was a targeted incident. I want to reassure our community that we will take action to find those responsible for bringing gun crime to our streets.

“I want anyone who saw anything or has information about this case to ring us. You can call our dedicated hotline or Crimestoppers anonymously.

"It is vital that we receive information from our communities to tackle gun crime and get these weapons off our streets.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Beverley Hyland
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A Home office post mortem will take place to establish the cause of death.

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Merseyside police officer arrested on suspicion of drug offences is released

Lord Street, Southport, where the officer was arrested Credit: Google Maps

Merseyside Police have confirmed that a 33-year-old Merseyside Police officer from Southport has been released from custody following his arrest in Lord Street, Southport on Friday 30th December on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug.

The officer has been released pending further enquiries and has been suspended from his duties while the police investigation continues.

CCTV images released to help track men involved in racially aggravated assault

Detectives have released CCTV stills of people they believe can assist their investigation into what is believed to be a racially aggravated assault in Norris Green on December 28th, 2016.

At about 7.55am, officers were called to Broadway to a report that a man had been assaulted by three males.

The victim of the assault, a 38-year-old man, received significant injuries to his upper body and head. He was taken to hospital where is condition is described as serious but stable. The images have been released as the investigation continues.

Police would like to speak to these men involved in the racially aggravated assault Credit: Merseyside Police
Police would like to speak to these men involved in the racially aggravated assault Credit: Merseyside Police
Police would like to speak to these men involved in the racially aggravated assault Credit: Merseyside Police

"This was a horrendous and unprovoked assault on a man going about his normal business. We believe the people in the photographs may have information that can assist us in our investigation.

We are making every effort to trace those responsible for this awful crime and I would ask that anyone who has information in relation to this to contact us."

– Detective Chief Inspector, Cheryl Rhodes
  • Anyone who witnessed the incident or recognises the people in the CCTV stills is asked to call Liverpool Sigma team on 0151 777 4078 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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