Two remand prisoners with a history of violence have failed to return to Maghaberry from compassionate leave to attend a relative’s funeral.
Brothers Charles and James Valliday, aged 45 and 51, were supposed to return to the high-security facility near Lisburn on Thursday.
They are awaiting trial for serious offences.
Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy, from the PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch, said: “Charles and James Valliday were last seen at 10am yesterday in the area of St Jude’s Chapel on the Falls Road where they attended a relative’s funeral.
“I would ask Charles and James to hand themselves into the authorities without any further delay, and ask anyone who knows of their current whereabouts or who has any information to contact police on 999.”
Charles Valliday is described as being 5ft 9ins tall and of stocky build, with short brown hair, protruding ears and green eyes.
He has a tattoo on his left arm – a bulldog, panther and snake - and a fish tattoo on his right arm.
James Valliday is described as also being 5ft 9ins tall, of medium build, with short dark brown hair and blue eyes.
He has a tattoo on his left arm – a scroll saying ‘mum and dad’.