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"Dangerous" murderer on the run after escaping during hospital visit

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Dangerous: Police have warned the public not to approach Valliday
Dangerous: Police have warned the public not to approach Valliday

A convicted murderer is on the run after escaping from prison staff during a hospital visit.

Thomas Valliday, 27, is a life sentence prisoner at Maghaberry high security prison in Northern Ireland.

He escaped while attending the Ulster hospital in Dundonald on the outskirts of Belfast.

Police have warned the public not to approach the prisoner, describing him as "dangerous".

Valliday was convicted of the 2008 murder of west Belfast republican Frank "Bap" McGreevy.

He attacked the 51-year-old former IRA prisoner in his flat in Ross Street in Belfast in March 2008.

Valliday was high on a cocktail of drink and drugs when he battered Mr McGreevy with a variety of weapons, including a pick-axe handle.

The killer, also from west Belfast, was handed a minimum 17 year life tariff.