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FULL REPORT: 'Armed' prisoner still on the run

The manhunt is continuing to find a violent prisoner who escaped while being treated at Salisbury District Hospital on Tuesday.

Police fear 30 year old Michal Kisiel has a razor blade and are urging the public not to approach him.

Kisiel overpowered the prison guards who were escorting him and escaped at around 7pm.

Mel Bloor was live outside the hospital this evening with the latest on the search for this 'dangerous' prisoner.

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Dangerous prisoner's escape was 'pre-planned'

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Police in Salisbury believe 30 year old Michal Kisiel's escape from prison was pre-planned.

He escaped from guards at Salisbury District Hospital around 7pm yesterday while being treated for a head wound.

Extensive searches were carried out last night with police dogs, a helicopter and drones.

Police are exploring a number of leads, including looking at transport routes out of Salisbury.

House to house enquiries are being conducted in the area surrounding the hospital.

Anyone with any information on the location of Kisiel is urged to come forward.

CID in Salisbury have taken over the investigation and we are working closely with the Ministry of Justice and local policing teams."

– Mark Kent, Detective Inspector, Salisbury CID

Public safety is our priority and we are doing everything we can to find this man. Extra hi visibility reassurance patrols will be ongoing in the local area. We will keep the community updated but if anyone has concerns I would encourage them to speak to their local Community Policing Team officers via 101."

– Pete Sparrow, Inspector

Protest urges Church to divest from ExxonMobil

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There is to be a protest outside Fawley Refinery as the Church of England is urged to divest from the company.

A coalition of faith and non-faith groups will be demonstrating there this morning before gathering for a vigil outside Salisbury Cathedral this afternoon.

A letter will be handed to the office of the Bishop of Salisbury requesting that the Church divests from ExxonMobil.

They say the Church should cut its ties with the refinery as a vote is taken in America on climate change.

'Armed and dangerous' prisoner on the run after escaping from hospital

Kisiel escaped from hospital at 7pm this evening Credit: Wiltshire Police

Police in Salisbury are hunting a dangerous prisoner who escaped from guards while being treated at Salisbury District Hospital.

Michal Kisiel also known as Michal Kisier, aged 30, was being treated for a head wound when he managed to escape at around 7pm this evening.

He is described as white, 5’6 tall with blonde hair and of medium build with tattoos on his neck. He was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black t-shirt with blue trainers.

He is believed to have a razor blade in his possession and is considered dangerous. The public are advised not to approach him for their own safety.

Anyone who sees a man matching the description is asked to call 999 immediately.

Police officers with dogs are searching the area and the helicopter has been deployed.

My officers are doing everything they can to find Kisiel and we will keep the community updated. We ask that the public are vigilant and call us on 999 with any sightings but it is important that you do not approach him.”

– Martyn Sweet, Inspector

Twenty young people in hospital over new drug Xanax

Young people in Wiltshire are risking their lives by taking a new highly addictive drug. Twenty teenagers have needed medical treatment and eight were admitted to hospital in the last week after taking Xanax. It is not available on the NHS. Police are chasing sources of the drug and have arrested a 15-year-old boy. Sally Simmonds sent this report from Salisbury.

The interviewee is Inspector Pete Sparrow from Wiltshire Police.

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Cannabis worth over £1 million found in bunker

Cannabis, with a street value of more than a million pounds, has been found inside a nuclear bunker in Wiltshire.

Police raided the former Ministry of Defence site at Chilmark, near Salisbury.

Nearly 20 rooms, over two floors, were commercially producing the crop and six men have been arrested.

Caron Bell has been inside the decommissioned bunker and has this report.

Caron spoke to Detective Inspector Paul Franklin and Sergeant Simon Wright from Wiltshire Police.

Could a four-legged friend help beat the winter blues?

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The Dogs Trust in Salisbury has launched a scheme to help people beat the winter blues. It's encouraging the public to consider fostering a dog on a temporary basis with a Home from Home scheme starting nationwide today. It comes as a new survey reveals that 53% of people in the South West admitted to feeling lonely at some point during the course of 2016, but 95 per cent of dog owners said their pet made them happier and 88% said their four legged friend made them less lonely.

Emma Sainsbury, Home From Home Co-ordinator at Dogs Trust Salisbury, said: "Spending time with a dog could certainly make you happier so we hope people will consider fostering a dog as a positive resolution for the new year. We have thousands of dogs of all shapes and sizes across our 20 rehoming centres in the UK looking for temporary carers varying from older dogs who need some extra TLC, litters of puppies, dogs recovering from illness and those who simply cope better in a home environment. Dogs Trust cover all fees and foster carers can go on to adopt their foster dog permanently should they wish. The average stay for a dog in a foster home is three to four weeks, although some dogs can be fostered up to eight months and some for just a weekend."

Candles float down river to mark first nuclear attack

One of Salisbury's rivers was transformed into a sea of candles last night, to remember the victims of the nuclear attack on Japan in 1945.

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Floating candles were placed into the River Avon from the bridge on Fisherton Street. Each was meant to represent a man, woman or child who died in the attack.

It marked a worldwide day of remembrance for the Hiroshima tragedy, in which the allies dropped the first atomic bomb on the Japanese city. It was followed three days later by another over Nagasaki.

The two attacks killed at least 129,000 people.

The Salisbury branch of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) organise the event each year.

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