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Police issue warning as two convicts escape hospital on New Year's Eve

Ali Condon

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Police issue warning as two convicts escape hospital on New Year's Eve

Police issued an urgent warning to the public this weekend after two convicts escaped from a healthcare facility in Northampton.

Both Johnny Brady, 19, and Nicholas Courtney, 43, escaped from St Andrew's Healthcare facility on New Year's Eve - though police say they are unlinked.

Northamptonshire Police have warned members of the public not to approach the men under any circumstances.

Nicholas Courtney, who is a convicted sex offender, had been serving a hospital order when he managed to leave the healthcare facility grounds on the evening of Saturday 31 December during an escorted walk.

Nicholas Courtney has since been found. Credit: Twitter/@NorthantsPolice
Nicholas Courtney has since been found. Credit: Twitter/@NorthantsPolice

He is described as white, 5ft 8 and slim with a bald head and tattoos on his neck.

He had last been seen wearing black trainers, blue jeans, a black jacket with a red stripe across the chest and a waterproof jacket.

Northamptonshire police have since confirmed that the patient has been found and returned to the hospital.

The second escapee, Johnny Brady, was given a hospital order for a serious assault in Derby.

The teen escaped the hospital just hours before Courtney on Saturday, though they are not thought to be related incidents.

Johnny Brady is described as white, 5ft 9 and slim, and was last seen wearing black Adidas tracksuit bottoms, a black hoodie, and black trainers.

Johnny Brady is still missing from St Andrew's Healthcare Facility. Credit: Twitter/@NorthantsPolice
Johnny Brady is still missing from St Andrew's Healthcare Facility. Credit: Twitter/@NorthantsPolice

A Northamptonshire Police spokesperson said: “We would like to appeal directly to Johnny to reassure him that he is not in trouble but to please return to St Andrews or make yourself known to the police.

"We need to make sure you are safe and receive the care that you need."

They continued: "We would also like to appeal to members of the public to under no circumstance approach Johnny. If you see him or know where he is, it is important that you call us as a matter of urgency on 999."

The force control room can be contacted on 999, and people can quote incident number 359 of 31/12/22 for a sighting of Courtney and 275 of 31/12/22 for Brady.

Featured Image Credit: Northants Police

Topics: UK News, Crime

Ali Condon
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