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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 March, 2005, 19:39 GMT
Armed pair aid prisoner's escape
Neil Brennan
Neil Brennan is serving a six-year sentence for robbery
A "dangerous" prisoner has escaped after a taxi he was travelling in was held up by two armed accomplices.

Convicted robber Neil Brennan, 21, was handcuffed to two prison officers as they travelled from HMP Forest Bank to Hope Hospital, Salford, on Wednesday.

The taxi was stopped by two men who threatened the guards with a gun, forcing them to unlock the handcuffs. Brennan escaped with the men.

Greater Manchester Police said Brennan "may pose a danger to the public".

'Must not approach'

He is serving six years for robbery and was going to hospital for treatment for a "minor" hand injury.

Officers say anyone who knows Brennan's whereabouts must not approach him, but contact Greater Manchester Police.

The prison guards who were taking Brennan from the privately-run HMP Forest Bank were not injured but were left "shocked".

Detectives said the two accomplices were travelling in a silver 4x4 vehicle and hijacked the taxi at the junction of Forest Bank Drive and Agecroft Road, in Salford, at about 1500 GMT.

It is thought the vehicle is of a far-eastern make.

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