Police arrest escapee in Cessnock

Police have arrested and charged a prisoner who escaped from a minimum security correctional facility in the state’s Hunter region, NSW Police say.

Just after 11am on Friday 21 September 2018, police were informed that an 18-year-old man had escaped the correctional facility at Cessnock.

Officers from Tuggerah Lakes and Hunter Valley Target Action Groups have been investigating the man’s escape and received information from the community.

Earlier today (Wednesday 3 October 2018), police attended a home in Burnett Street at Cessnock.

After speaking with several residents, a man was seen to flee from the area.

Following a short foot pursuit, an 18-year-old man was arrested hiding in a wardrobe, in the bedroom of a home in Scott Street.

The man was conveyed to Cessnock Police Station where he was later charged with escape lawful custody, take & drive conveyance w/o consent of owner (x2), drive motor vehicle during disqualification period (x2), aggravated break and enter with intent, destroy or damage property, and enter inclosed land without lawful excuse.

The man was refused bail to appear at Maitland Local Court tomorrow (Thursday 4 October 2018).

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