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Prisoners On Run in Manchester After Gang Attacks Jail Van

Two inmates are on the run in Manchester after they were sprung from a prison van by an armed gang.

The prisoners were “taken out” of the vehicle by a number of “armed masked men”, Greater Manchester Police said.

Officers were called to Trinity Way following reports of a jail van being attacked shortly before 8.30am.

The gang made off in a Saab, which was found abandoned in Barrow Street in Islington, Salford, a short time later.

A security guard was taken to hospital, but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Detective Sergeant Paul Copplestone said: “We are sure that this incident was witnessed by many people at a very busy time of the morning.

“The Saab was driven off towards the M602 motorway.

“We would urge witnesses to contact us.”

:: Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 872 5050 or they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 .