Stevie McMullen, one of two men sprung from a prison van in Salford last week, has been arrested in a car in Lancashire, Greater Manchester Police said today. The second man, 19-year-old Ryan McDonald, is still at large.
Police are still hunting for 19-year-old Ryan McDonald, who escaped from a prison van last week.
Greater Manchester Police Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood said they are no longer looking for 31-year-old Stevie McMullen, who was also sprung from the prison van.
“This afternoon, we have arrested a 31-year-old man in the Lancashire area as part of this operation, but our efforts will continue to trace 19-year-old Ryan McDonald, who is still wanted by police," he said.
"On Friday, a £10,000 reward was put forward for information leading to the capture of these two men. This full £10,000 reward still stands for anyone who gives us information that leads to McDonald’s arrest and will be paid when he is back behind bars".
He urged members of the public not to approach McDonald "due to the potential danger he poses", but to call the police immediately.
Police have named two prisoners who escaped after the van they were travelling in came under attack in Manchester.
Stevie McMullen, 31, was on trial having been charged with conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to rob, conspiracy to commit arson and conspiracy to possess a firearm.
Ryan McDonald, 20, was due to be sentenced after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery.
Chief Superintendent Kevin Mulligan from Greater Manchester Police said: "The public should not approach either man and if anyone knows where they are or saw these men escaping I would urge them to contact police immediately."
A Prison Service source suggested the prison van ambush would probably involve one of the escapees having access to a smuggled mobile phone.
A phone call could then be made or a text sent to let the armed gang know which prison van they were in and so which vehicle to target, among the number of vans making their way from jail to Manchester Crown Court.