Shaun Walmsley (29) fled when two men armed with a knife and a gun confronted prison guards

He was held on Tuesday afternoon when armed officers stopped a car in the Harehills district of Leeds.

In a statement, Merseyside Police said: “Escaped prisoner Shaun Walmsley is back in custody following a proactive operation by officers from Merseyside Police and West Yorkshire Police earlier yesterday. Walmsley has been charged with escape from lawful custody and will appear at Liverpool and Knowsley Magistrates’ Court today.” 18 months on the run from the prison. Escaped prisoner Shaun Walmsley back in custody after being arrested in a joint operation by Merseyside Police and West Yorkshire Police.

He has been charged with escape from lawful custody and will appear at Liverpool and Knowsley Magistrates court today.  The killer is thought to have spent three months planning his prison escape in a plot sparked by the courts’ refusal to slash his murder sentence in 2016. Walmsley was said to have actively attempted to lose drastic amounts of weight in prison, in order to orchestrate his hospital visits and give the impression he was ill. While on the outside Walmsley was a key figure within the Walton Vale-centred gang that peddled drugs from Aberdeen to Dover and is believed to have had international links.

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