Police hunt for prisoner who escaped custody while under escort

Police confirmed the incident occurred around 5pm in Edinburgh and that the individual has not yet been caught.

Prisoner remains on the run after escaping custody from prison staff during escort in Edinburgh iStock

A prisoner remains on the run more than 19 hours after escaping custody while being escorted by prison staff in Edinburgh.

Police confirmed the incident occurred around 5pm in the city.

As of midday on Thursday, the individual had not yet been found.

Police said that enquiries into the incident are “ongoing”.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We were made aware that an individual escaped from the custody of prison staff, while on escort in Edinburgh, at around 5pm yesterday. Enquiries are ongoing.”

A Scottish Prison Service spokesperson said: “I can confirm an individual escaped from the custody of prison staff, while on escort in Edinburgh, at around 5pm yesterday.

“Police Scotland were called immediately and enquiries are ongoing.” 

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