12 people convicted over prison van escape

12 people have been convicted over an armed attack on a prison van in Salford that freed two prisoners. The attackers wielded an axe, a sledgehammer and a shotgun in the incident.

Footage released of Salford prison van attack

Police have released dramatic footage of an armed attack on a prison van that freed two prisoners.

A masked gang wielding an axe, a sledgehammer and a shotgun stopped the van on Regent Road on April 30 last year.

They smashed a window, hit the driver, and forced him to release Ryan McDonald and Stephen McMullen.

Today 12 people were convicted of a several of charges ranging from assisting an offender, to conspiracy to escape, to firearms offences in connection with the incident.

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CPS: Breakout gang thought they were 'above the law'

Ryan McDonald was the driving force behind the conspiracy to escape.

He orchestrated the plan alongside Stevie McMullen using mobile phones from their prison cells.

All the defendants in this case thought that they were above the law, but have now been brought to justice for their actions.

Two dangerous men have also been taken back off our streets where they will no longer remain a threat to the public.

– Joanne Cunliffe, Crown Prosecution Service
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Twelve convicted over Salford prison van breakout

The scene of the breakout at Regent Road last April Credit: PA

Twelve people have been convicted over an armed attack on a prison van in Salford that freed two prisoners.

A gang forced the van to stop on the city's Regent Road on 30 April last year. Three masked men smashed the window, hit the driver, and forced him to release Ryan McDonald and Stephen McMullen.

A total of 12 men and women were convicted of a mix of charges ranging from assisting an offender, to conspiracy to escape, to firearms offences.