Northern Ireland

Hydebank prisoner on home leave fails to return

Police are searching for a 21-year-old prisoner who has failed to return following Christmas home leave.

Paul Maddison from Belfast was being held at Hydebank Young Offenders Centre on charges including hijacking and criminal damage.

He was due to return to the centre on Tuesday.

Police are still searching for two prisoners who were wrongfully released from custody in separate incidents last year.

Maddison was one of 53 prisoners who were granted temporary release over the festive period.

The Prison Service said all successful Christmas leave applicants are subject to a risk assessment and have either completed a home leave programme or undergone periods of unaccompanied testing in the community.

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