Merseyside Police are hunting convicted murderer Shaun Walmsley
Officers are searching for Shaun Colin Walmsley, 28, after he escaped from prison officers outside Aintree University Hospital as they were leaving the building, where Walmsley had had an appointment.
Detectives are advising the public not to approach Walmsley if they see him, as he could be in the company of the others who helped him escape and they are believed to be armed. Walmsley himself is also described as dangerous.
Merseyside Police said Walmsley, formerly of Wallace Street, Walton, was getting into a car when two armed men threatened the prison guards.
n a statement the force said: “As the prison officers and Walmsley were getting in to a car it was reported that two other men, believed to be in possession of a gun and a knife, threatened the prison officers and demanded that they release him, before escaping in a gold coloured Volvo."
Walmsley was remanded in custody at HMP Liverpool after being sentenced to life imprisonment in June 2015, with a 30 year tariff, for the murder of Anthony Duffy.
The killer is described as white, 6ft tall and of slim build with dark brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing dark bottoms and a dark jacket.
The first man, who was believed to be armed with a gun, is described as having his face covered and he was wearing white shoes, grey tracksuit bottoms with a stripe down each side, a grey hoody and a dark coat.
The second man, who was believed to be armed with a knife, is described as having his face covered and he was wearing a green coat, dark Nike trainers and grey tracksuit bottoms.
Police rushed to the hospital to search the area and are examining CCTV.
Neither of the prison guards were physically injured during the incident.
An investigation into the full circumstances of the incident is ongoing and Merseyside Police is working with the Ministry of Justice and other forces across the country to establish Walmsley's whereabouts so that he can be returned to prison.
Officers would ask anyone who has seen Walmsley, or knows where he is, to contact the police on 999, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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