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Prisoners escape in armed hijack

Two 'dangerous' prisoners escaped yesterday when an unescorted minibus taking them to court was hijacked by an armed gang.

Patrick Conroy, 34, and David Glover, 26, both allegedly involved in a gangland feud, were due before Newcastle upon Tyne magistrates for further remand on kidnapping charges.

They started a fight and as two getaway cars came alongside in Gateshead one of them forced the minibus to crash by wrenching the handbrake.