Drama as police swoop on escaped prisoner in Southcourt – but hunt continues for murderer

Ricardo Dunn, and below, Darren Douglas
Ricardo Dunn, and below, Darren Douglas

An escaped prisoner has been arrested in Aylesbury after four days on the run, but a murderer who fled with him is still at large in the town.

Officers arrested Ricardo Dunn in Thame Road, Southcourt, Aylesbury, last night in a major operation which involved a police helicopter and dozens of police.

Darren Douglas, and below, Ricardo Dunn

Darren Douglas, and below, Ricardo Dunn

But they are still hunting his accomplice, murderer Darren Douglas, after the pair went on the run from Springhill open prison in Grendon Underwood on Sunday.

Speaking last night local police commander for Aylesbury Vale Supt Gez Chiariello said: “There has been a significant amount of police activity in and around the Aylesbury area tonight while officers carry out searches for the absconded prisoners.

“These searches are still on-going at this time and the information that we currently have suggests that the remaining absconded prisoner, Darren Douglas, is in the Aylesbury area.

“I would urge anyone who knows of his whereabouts to come forward and speak to us as soon as possible.

“Douglas is a violent offender and I would advise anyone who sees him not to approach him and contact police immediately.”

Douglas, 46, was serving a life sentence for a murder he committed in Birmingham in 1998, where he stabbed a man during an altercation outside a pub.

Two people from the Aylesbury area – a 25-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman – have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and are currently in police custody.

Dunn, 32, previously from Lancashire, was serving an indeterminate sentence for GBH with intent in Burnley, where he assaulted a man following an argument in the street in 2009.

Anyone with information about the location of Douglas should contact Thames Valley Police via the 24-hour Enquiry Line on 101, or in an emergency 999.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.