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Hunt on for jailbreaker

Friday, 6th April, 2018

Mervyn Bugmy Mervyn Bugmy

By Myles Burt

Police are searching for a 24-year-old jail inmate who escaped from the Broken Hill Correctional Centre yesterday with two other prisoners.

The jailbreak happened in the morning and while two men, aged 20 and 32, were quickly rounded up by prison officers, Mervyn Bugmy remains at large.

Schools in the vicinity - Broken Hill High School, Sacred Heart Parish School and Central Public School - went into lockdown soon after the prisoners escaped about 10.30am. 

“The school is in complete lockdown,” Broken Hill High School said in a message to the public and parents over Twitter.

“Children are safe and secure. Please do not come to the school or try to phone your children. We will inform you when lockdown is over.”

The schools reopened about half an hour later.

The two inmates who were caught have been charged with escaping lawful custody and will be placed in segregation in the jail.

The BH Correctional Centre would not say how the men escaped due to the matter now being investigated by police.

Police are seeking the public’s assistance to find Bugmy who is described as being 170 to 175cm tall with a medium build and black long hair that he wears in a plait. 

They have warned people to not approach him but to call 000. Police are also urging anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

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