A Northumberland prisoner escaped from hospital on a motorbike before being tracked down and recaptured tonight.
Police were called to the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital at Cramlington at 6pm today after receiving reports that a prisoner from HMP Northumberland in Acklington who had attended the hospital had escaped.
The prisoner, a 36-year-old man who had received treatment and was with prison staff, was leaving the hospital when he ran off. He subsequently escaped on a motorbike which he had stolen.
Police officers carried out a search and located the motorbike and the escaped prisoner at an address in Wallsend two hours later.
One man, aged 36, has been arrested on suspicion of escaping from lawful custody, two others, a man aged 27 and a woman aged 25, have both been arrested on suspicion of assisting an escapee.
Inquiries are continuing into the incident.