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UPDATED - Dangerous man on the run after he escaped from police

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1:40pm 19th May 2017
(Updated 1:07pm 21st May 2017)

North Yorkshire Police has confirmed that a dangerous man is on the run after escaping from police custiody.

They are appealing for information on the man who is wanted on recall to prison.

There has been a heightened police presence in the Clifton area of York while enquiries to locate the man are taking place.

27-year-old Mark Anthony Ainsley, who is considered to be dangerous, was arrested at around 8pm on Wednesday, 17 May but managed to escape from custody during a visit to York District Hospital at around 3.35am on Thursday, 18 May.

They have said they are not releasing a picture or a full description yet and can't explain the circumstances of how he got away yet.

Officers are asking anyone who knows Ainsley and who has information on his whereabouts to contact them as a matter of urgency.

If you know his immediate whereabouts please call 999, all other information can provided by calling North Yorkshire Police on 101, selecting option 1, and speaking to the Force Control Room.

Understandably, they say, some people may not be able to provide information directly to police and therefore they are encouraged to contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 where they may be eligible for a reward.

The safety of the wider public has been the main priority throughout and the local community should be reassured that any potential risks have been, and continue to be, greatly minimised by the police action.

Residents are thanked for their patience and support while enquiries continue. The force has been criticised by many local people for not releasing information sooner.

 

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