Stevie McMullen charged over prison van escape

Stevie McMullen and Ryan MacDonald
Image caption Stevie McMullen, left, has been charged and police are still looking for Ryan McDonald

A man has been charged following the escape of two men from a prison van in Salford.

Stevie McMullen, 31, from Salford, has been charged with escaping lawful custody and is due to appear before Manchester magistrates on Tuesday.

Two other men, aged 25 and 27, who were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, are still being questioned.

Police are offering a reward of £10,000 for information that leads to the arrest of Ryan McDonald.

McDonald, 20, of Allendale Walk, Salford, was freed by three masked men in Salford when he was on his way to court on Tuesday.

He was jailed on Friday in his absence for seven years and 10 months, having earlier admitted his part in a string of raids on pawnbrokers' shops in Salford and Manchester.

Mr McMullen was arrested by police when officers stopped a car on the A6 in Lancashire, near Lancaster University.

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