Dramatic footage shows the moment armed police finally cornered a killer who has been on the run for more than a year.
Shaun Walmsley was serving life for murder before he spent 18 months on the run following an audacious escape from Liverpool’s HMP Walton. But a team of armed police officers took him back into custody on Tuesday when he was captured in Leeds. Pictures from the scene show Walmsley’s remarkably different appearance after he grew a hair and let his hair grow long to evade capture.
This is the moment police cornered a murderer who had been on the run for 18 months Footage of the arrest shows an Audi, in which Walmsley is thought to have been travelling, boxed in by two unmarked police cars. Armed officers are thought to have bundled the criminal on to the floor and the footage suggested either he or one of his associates was tasered. Walmsley became one of Britain’s most wanted men after thugs armed with a gun and knife forced guards to hand him over outside Aintree University Hospital in February last year. He was later named on a Europol ‘most wanted’ list amid fears he may have fled abroad. Walmsley, who had previously had a shaved head, had shoulder-length brown hair and a full beard when he appeared at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court via video-link today. Shaun Walmsley, pictured left, following his arrest for murder and, right, after this week’s raid Walmsley was cornered and arrested on this usually quiet residential street in Leeds
During the brief court hearing today, Walmsley spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth and that he understood the charge of escape from lawful custody. No application for bail was made and he was remanded in custody by magistrates. He will next appear at Liverpool Crown Court on September 19. The 29-year-old had previously been serving life with a minimum term of 30 years for the murder of Anthony Duffy. Mr Duffy, 33, was lured to an address in Aintree in May 2014 and ‘repeatedly stabbed’. The drug dealer had an appeal against his punishment rejected in late 2016 – leaving him facing the prospect of three decades behind bars. He then attempted to lose a lot of weight to give the impression he was ill and needed hospital treatment. Walmsley, 29, was freed after thugs armed with a gun and knife forced guards to hand him over outside Aintree University Hospital in February last year
The plot was supported by his criminal network of contacts, including the Vale Heads gang. Detectives hunting the escaped prisoner put up £20,000 of the inmate’s own money for information leading to his capture. The reward was made up of cash which was seized by Merseyside Police after Walmsley was arrested and convicted for a murder he committed in 2014.