7 Jan 2017

Prisoner escapes on foot during transfer to hospital

8:48 am on 7 January 2017

The search is on for a prisoner who escaped while being taken to Hawke's Bay hospital.

Rua Joseph Morrell

Rua Joseph Morrell Photo: NZ Police

Police said Rua Joseph Morrell, 29, was being escorted by Corrections staff when he fled on foot last night.

The search is continuing today, but police said they believed there was no risk for the wider public.