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Car found in hunt for missing murderer

Credit: Merseyside Police

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.

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.

Liverpool animal centre that rescued Britain's loneliest dog is 'under threat'

Freya's appeal for a new home was answered after 6 years Credit: Freshfields

A Staffordshire Bull Terrier once described as 'Britain's loneliest dog', is returning to the Merseyside rescue centre that cared for her. Freya, is helping fundraising efforts for the Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre, which could be at risk of closure.

Freya has epilepsy and waited 6 years for her new home. She went on to land a part in Hollywood blockbuster Transformers playing Sir Anthony Hopkins' dog. It also stars Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci !

Her new owner lives in Cheadle Hulme.

Freya plays Sir Anthony Hopkins' dog in Hollywood movie Transformers Credit: Freshfields

Freya was there with all the stars, there were helicopters, tanks, fast cars and explosions. She was the only dog on set but was fantastic with it all. She was dubbed the world’s loneliest dog, 18,700 people visited the dog home without taking her home. Now she is doing quite a lot of personal appearances and I have just got an agent for her. She loves attention so is in the right line of work.

– Her new owner Ray Collins from Cheadle Hulme
Freshfields has 550 animals and wants to help more Credit: Freshfields

The rescue centre in Ince Blundell, Southport, has been caring for animals for nearly 40 years but is closed to new admissions because of rising costs and an increase in distressed animals. They say the sanctuary is under serious threat. They currently have 550 animals and birds, and are always full to capacity with many more on waiting lists.


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.

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Under the hammer - the livestock auction closing after more then a hundred years

Chelford market in Cheshire Credit: ITV News.

Livestock auction Chelford market in Cheshire will close at the end of next month after more than a hundred years.

It comes as owners of rural businesses say they fear being hit hardest by the government's planned rise in business rates.

Our correspondent Amy Welch reports.

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