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Three inmates escaped Townsville Correctional Centre’s prison farm

Manhunt underway on three inmates who escaped jail after police warned frightened locals ‘do not approach’

  • Police are hunting three men who escaped from prison in North Queensland on Monday
  • The inmates disappeared from the Townsville Correctional Center prison farm
  • Police have warned public ‘don’t approach’ if you see them

A major manhunt is underway for three inmates who escaped Monday night from the prison farm of the Townsville Correctional Center in North Queensland.

The male inmates disappeared from the low-security prison between 6:30pm and 7:30pm, but Queensland Corrective Services are not sure where they headed – or how they escaped.

Police have set up roadblocks in the surrounding areas between Bruce Highway and Southwood Rd and are warning the public to ‘do not approach’ as ​​two of them are serving prison terms for violent crimes.

Preston Donald Zane Quakawoot was jailed for assaulting a police station and sentenced to nine months

Preston Donald Zane Quakawoot was jailed for assaulting a police station and sentenced to nine months

Layne Rex Newman, was jailed for burglaries without violence or threats and is serving a year and three months

Layne Rex Newman, was jailed for burglaries without violence or threats and is serving a year and three months

Les Noel Noble is currently four years behind bars for armed robbery

Les Noel Noble is currently four years behind bars for armed robbery

Les Noel Noble is currently serving a four-year sentence for armed robbery.

Preston Donald Zane Quakawoot was jailed for assaulting a… police station and was sentenced to nine months.

The third in the trio, Layne Rex Newman, was jailed for burglaries without violence or threat and is serving a year and three months.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the men is urged to keep their distance and call the police immediately.

More to come.

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