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Update: Two brothers escape from Roscommon prison

Authorities at Castlerea Prison in Co Roscommon discovered that the two men, both in their 20s, were unaccounted for this morning.

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Update 1.05pm

TWO BROTHERS HAVE escaped from a prison in Roscommon overnight, it has been confirmed.

The two brothers, who are both in their 20s and of Romanian origin, had reportedly been serving sentences for breaking into parking meters in Galway.

Authorities at Castlerea Prison in Co Roscommon discovered that the two men were unaccounted for this morning and had been investigating the circumstances of their disappearance.

The two men were in the Grove area of the prison which is a semi-open area with a small housing facility that is within the secure confines of the prison complex but does not have cell-like accommodation.

RTÉ reports that prison authorities found a note from the pair in the open prison which read: “Sorry, we had no choice”.

On the News at One, the broadcaster’s crime correspondent Paul Reynolds reported that Justice Minister Alan Shatter had said the pair may have had assistance from outside the prison.

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