Two prisoners escape from jail van in Manchester -(U.K.)

Posted on July 18, 2011

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Prison van which was ambushed by an armed gang The van was attacked by masked and armed men at about 0830 BST

Two prisoners have escaped from a jail van after it was ambushed by armed men on the outskirts of Manchester city centre.

Kirk Bradley and Tony Downes, both 25, fled after a number of men attacked the van in Trinity Way at about 0830 BST.

The pair were being transported to Liverpool Crown Court, where they were on trial.

The men, both from Liverpool, stand accused of conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life.

They are also charged with conspiracy to commit criminal damage with intent to endanger life.

The gang fled in a Saab, which was found abandoned about a mile away in Barrow Street, Salford.

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