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UPDATE: Escapees found and charged

Media Release

MONDAY, January 25: 

Police yesterday charged two prisoners who allegedly escaped from a minimum security facility at Gongolgon, 70km south of Brewarrina, last week.

The men, aged 18 and 20, were noticed missing by Corrections Officers during a routine check about 11.30pm last Thursday.

Their disappearance was reported to police who immediately began patrolling for them.

About 11.15am yesterday (Sunday, January 24), police arrested the men during a vehicle stop in Brewarrina.

They were taken to Brewarrina Police Station where they were each charged with escape correctional facility.

Both were refused bail and are due to appear at Bourke Local Court today, Monday January 25.

Police thank the media and the public for their assistance.

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Police are searching for two prisoners who escaped from a minimum security facility at Gongolgon, 70km south of Brewarrina, on Thursday night.

Lucas/Lukas Hines, 20, and Paul Jackson, 18, were noticed missing by Corrections Officers during a routine check about 11.30pm (Thursday 21 January 2016).

Escapees

Paul Jackson, left, and Lucas Hines escaped from a minimum security prison at Gongolgon on Thursday night.

Their disappearance was reported to police who immediately began patrolling for them.

The men were seen jumping a fence about 20km north of the correctional centre about 3.45am; however they have not yet been located by police.

Hines is described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance, about 160-175cm tall, with a thin build, brown eyes and black hair.

Jackson is described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance, about 180-185cm tall, with a thin build, brown eyes and brown hair.

Both were wearing grey shirts at the time of their escape.

Police are warning the public not to approach the men if they see them, but to instead contact Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.