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Absconded murderer's money proposed as reward
20 Mar 2017

<b><i>Shaun Walmsley escaped from<br>prison guards on February 21
Shaun Walmsley escaped from
prison guards on February 21
A prisoner who escaped a 30-year sentence for murder has had £20,000 of his own money offered as a reward for his capture.

Merseyside Police said the money was seized from the prisoner after he was convicted of killing Anthony Duffy in May 2014.

Shaun Walmsley, 28, has been on the run since February 21 after two armed men threatened prison guards to release him outside Aintree University Hospital.

Detective Superintendent Natalie Perischine said the force has had a good response from the public following appeals, but still requires crucial information about his present whereabouts.

“Walmsley and those that released him had put in a considerable amount of planning to execute his escape and it is only right that we use Walmsley’s own money to encourage people to tell us where he is,” she added.

“I would like to reiterate that Walmsley, and the two others involved in the incident, are dangerous individuals and we will be relentless in our pursuit of them.

“We are determined to find Walmsley and put him back behind bars. And we are also committed to finding the offenders who helped him escape, or anyone who may be harbouring him, so that we can put them before the courts.”

On March 10, Merseyside Police released a CCTV image taken from the hospital on the day of his escape which shows he has longer hair, and has lost a considerable amount of weight since he was convicted.

An investigation has been launched into the incident in which Walmsley’s accomplices threatened the prison guards with a knife and a gun, and fled in a gold Volvo.

The car was later recovered on a residential street near the Aintree University Hospital.


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