Page last updated at 17:32 GMT, Friday, 25 April 2008 18:32 UK

Inmate escapes on way to prison

Adrian Abbott
Adrian Abbott escaped while being returned to prison

A man has attacked a police officer and escaped from custody while being returned to Nottingham Prison.

Adrian Abbott, 26, from Broxtowe, had been recalled to prison after failing to attend a drugs assessment.

He had been questioned in connection with another offence on Wednesday and was being handed back to prison officers when he fled the premises.

Police said Abbott, who is 6ft (1.82m) and has a tattoo on his right hand, should not be approached.

Ch Insp Paul Cottee, confirmed restraints had been used on Abbott but said he made his escape as he was being handed over in a secure prison entrance area.

"As I understand it the gate was not fully closed as Abbott was being transferred into prison custody and there is an inquiry going on into the exact circumstances of that."

He added: "We are doing everything possible to find Adrian Abbott and have already been to a number of addresses he is known to visit."

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