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Dublin: 13 °C Sunday 5 July, 2020

Armed police arrest Belfast man who didn't return to prison after relative's funeral

His brother remains at large.

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ARMED POLICE IN Northern Ireland have arrested a 52 year old man who failed to return to jail after being allowed out on compassionate bail at an address in the north Belfast area.

James Valliday was arrested around 5am this morning.

Detective Inspector Darren McCartney said:

“James Valliday is a remand prisoner who has been unlawfully at large from Maghaberry Prison since Thursday 9 November. A 29-year-old woman was also arrested today on suspicion of assisting an offender. Both are currently in custody, helping police with our enquiries.”

However, Valliday’s brother Charles remains at large, McCartney said. The men had been granted compassionate bail given in court to attend a relative’s funeral on 9 November

“We would continue to appeal for information regarding the whereabouts of a second remand prisoner, 45-year-old Charles Valliday, who also failed to return to Maghaberry Prison on the same date. Charles is described as 5ft 9ins in height, of stocky build, with short, brown hair, protruding ears and green eyes. He has a tattoo on his left arm – a bulldog, panther and snake – and a fish tattoo on his right arm.

I would appeal to Charles Valliday to hand himself in without further delay. As he has a history of violence, I would urge the public not to approach him.

“Anyone who knows of his current whereabouts or who has any information should contact police immediately on 999.”

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