Salford prison van ambush: Man arrested in Spain

Armed ambush of prison van Image copyright GMP
Image caption The driver was threatened with a shotgun in the ambush

A man suspected of taking part in an armed ambush on a prison van in Greater Manchester in which two men escaped has been arrested in Spain.

Paul Taylor, 24, was arrested by Spanish police in connection with the breakout in Salford in April last year.

Ryan MacDonald, 20, and Stevie McMullen, 32, were being taken in the van to separate hearings at Manchester Crown Court when it was ambushed.

Mr Taylor, of no fixed address, was arrested on a cafe terrace in Benidorm.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said he was arrested on 11 March after a European warrant was issued and would be extradited to the UK.

MacDonald and McMullen, both of Salford, were being transported from HMP Altcourse in Fazakerley, Liverpool, when the prison van was rammed by a car.

Police said three men wearing black balaclavas charged at the van armed with an axe, sledgehammer and double-barrelled shotgun.

McMullen was arrested by police when a car was stopped on the A6 in Galgate, Lancashire, on 5 May.

MacDonald, of Allen Dale Walk, was captured five days later in a police raid on a house in Salford.

He had been jailed in his absence for seven years and 10 months for conspiracy to commit robbery.

Nine people, including MacDonald and McMullen, were found guilty of playing a role in the escape plot at Manchester Crown Court Minshull Street on Friday. All had denied charges relating to the escape.

Three men had already pleaded guilty to offences relating to the escape plot at previous hearings.

The gang, which includes a 64-year-old grandmother, will be sentenced on 28 and 29 April.

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