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Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Prisoner on run after gun threat at West Suffolk Hospital

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A prisoner is on the run after two officers were threatened at gunpoint on his arrival at hospital in Suffolk. A man pointed a gun at the officers at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds at 18:50 GMT. They were forced to release the prisoner, believed to be Andrew Farndon, 26. Police said they had begun a manhunt for both men, who ran off. Officers were alerted by hospital staff who could see a man with a gun outside the accident and emergency department. They said the man was pointing the weapon at two prison officers. Run away Moments later, police received a second call from the prison officers, from HMP Highpoint, who said they had a gun pulled on them by a man who had confronted them as they arrived. Both the prisoner and the man with the gun had then run away across the car park. No-one was hurt in the incident. Farndon, a category C prisoner, is described as white with a shaved head, and was wearing a dark blue baseball cap and a light-coloured jumper that was padded on the right side due to an injury to the shoulder. The man with the gun is described as white, in his mid 40s, around 5ft 8in, of stocky build, possibly with a Scottish accent. He was wearing a white top and blue jeans. It is thought they may have escaped in a dark-coloured car.

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