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Hunt for prisoner after 'snatch' raid by gunmen outside court

PUBLISHED: 20:56 02 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:09 05 October 2010

Cops are looking for Tony Albert Turner

Cops are looking for Tony Albert Turner

DETECTIVES tonight hunting escaped prisoner Tony Albert Turner are advising the public not to approach him. He is known to have connections in East London and Essex. Gunmen snatched him in a daring raid outside Barking magistrates' court this morning (Wed) when he arrived in a prison van to face armed robbery charges

By Mike Brooke

DETECTIVES tonight are hunting escaped prisoner Tony Albert Turner (pictured) and are advising the public not to approach him.

He is known to have connections in East London and Essex and police are urging anyone spotting him to dial 999.

The 27-year-old facing armed robbery charges legged it from Barking magistrates' court this morning (April 2) in a daring 'snatch' raid when guards were threatened by gunmen.

Turner had just arrived after being transferred from Pentonville under escort by Serco security to face charges related to armed robberies when a dark green Jaguar pulled up by the prison van at the back of the building in London-road.

Three armed men jumped out and threatened the guards, Scotland Yard confirmed tonight.

They grabbed Turner and unchained him before escaping in their getaway Jag, which was later found abandoned and is now being examined by forensic experts.

A wide dragnet has been thrown across East London and Essex, but police so far haven't managed to track him down.

Turner is white, has cropped, receding brown hair and green eyes, 5ft 10ins tall, with a distinctive tattoo on his left arm with the name 'Kirsten'.

mike.brooke@archant.co.uk

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