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Manhunt as killer escapes in armed ambush

A convicted killer has escaped from custody after two men launched an armed attack on prison officers in Liverpool.

Sky News has been told that 28-year-old Shaun Colin Walmsley was leaving an appointment at Aintree University Hospital when the officers were attacked.

Walmsley, along with the two attackers, left the scene in a gold Volvo car.

Sky News Crime Correspondent Martin Brunt said: “The guards were putting him into a cab. They were about to take him back to Liverpool prison, a 10 minute drive away, when two masked men suddenly appeared.

“One of these was armed with a gun, the other was carrying a knife. They threatened the guards who allowed the prisoner to go with these men.”

Walmsley was jailed with a 30-year tariff for killing a drugs gang rival Anthony Duffy.

The trial heard that Duffy, 33, was “repeatedly and brutally stabbed” during a midnight attack in Aintree in May 2014.

He suffered 28 wounds and later died from his injuries in hospital.

Walmsley 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.

Detectives are advising the public not to approach the escaped prisoner if they see him, describing him as “dangerous”.

The gunman who helped Walmsley escape had his face covered and 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, also had his face covered and was wearing a green coat, dark Nike trainers and grey tracksuit bottoms.

An investigation into the full circumstances of the escape has begun.

Police are asking anyone who has seen Walmsley, or knows where he is, to contact them on 999, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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