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Third person held as hunt for escaped murderer expands

Shaun Walmsley has been on the run after fleeing in a gold Volvo with the registration MW02 XHE. Credit: PA

Police investigating the escape of murderer Shaun Walmsley, who was freed from custody by armed men, have arrested a third person as the hunt for the Liverpudlian expands to beyond the UK.

A 25-year-old man from Norris Green, Liverpool, was detained on suspicion of perverting the course of justice in relation to the 28-year-old Walmsley's escape by getaway car, which was captured on CCTV.

Walmsley has been on the run since two men armed with a knife and a gun confronted prison officers guarding him at Aintree University Hospital during a visit from HMP Walton on Tuesday afternoon.

A 27-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman held on Thursday for allegedly assisting an offender have been released pending a decision of whether to take further action.

Merseyside Police are said to be joining up with foreign forces as well as in the UK as part of their search efforts for the killer, who is serving life with a minimum of 30 years for the murder of Anthony Duffy in 2014.

Anyone with information should contact police on 999 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Escaped murderer hunt: Police make two arrests

Convicted murderer Shaun Walmsley has been on the run since Tuesday Credit: PA

Police on the hunt for a convicted murderer who escaped from custody have arrested two people on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Merseyside Police detained a 27-year-old man and 26-year-old woman on Thursday as they continue to look for Shaun Walmsley.

Walmsley, 28, who is serving a minimum 30-year-old sentence, has been at large since Tuesday afternoon when two armed men helped him escape during an escorted hospital visit in Aintree.

Officers made Thursday's arrests at a property in Liverpool.

A police spokesperson said: "The two people arrested have been taken to police stations on Merseyside where they will be questioned in relation to the escape of prisoner Shaun Walmsley."

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