Manchester

Man charged over Salford prison van escape

Stevie McMullen and Ryan MacDonald
Stevie McMullen and Ryan McDonald are accused of escaping from lawful custody

A man has been charged with escaping lawful custody after two people were allegedly sprung from a prison van.

Ryan McDonald, 20, of no fixed address, will appear at Manchester City Magistrates' Court on Monday.

He will appear alongside Anthony Smith, 20, also of no fixed abode, who is charged with assisting an offender.

Two people were allegedly sprung from custody on 30 April as the van made its way to court from a prison in Merseyside.

Three other men appeared in court last week in connection with the alleged ambush.

Stevie McMullen, 31, appeared at Manchester Crown Court charged with escaping lawful custody and was remanded in custody.

Two other men are charged with assisting an offender.

Mr McDonald was arrested during a raid on a house in Ordsall, Salford on Friday while Mr McMullen was arrested on 4 May after police stopped a car on the A6 near Lancaster University in Lancashire.

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