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Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY VIC­TO­RIA LEONARD

TWO re­mand pris­on­ers with a “his­tory of vi­o­lence” who failed to re­turn to Maghaberry Prison last week are still at large af­ter six days, po­lice have con­firmed.

Of­fi­cers are seek­ing in­for­ma­tion about Charles Val­l­i­day (45) and his 51-year-old brother James, who did not re­turn to prison last Thurs­day un­der the con­di­tions of com­pas­sion­ate bail af­ter be­ing re­leased to at­tend a rel­a­tive’s funeral.

The pair are await­ing trial for se­ri­ous of­fences and were last seen at 10am on Thurs­day in the area of St Jude’s Chapel on the Falls Road, West Belfast, where the funeral took place.

De­tec­tive Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Ja­son Mur­phy from the Se­ri­ous Crime Branch said: “James is de­scribed as 5ft 9ins in height, of medium build with short, dark brown hair and blue eyes.

“He has a tat­too on his left arm — a scroll say­ing ‘mum and dad’.

“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.”

The of­fi­cer warned peo­ple not to con­front the two men.

He added: “They have a his­tory of vi­o­lence and I would urge the pub­lic not to ap­proach them but to con­tact po­lice im­me­di­ately.

“I would ask Charles and James to hand them­selves into the au­thor­i­ties with­out any fur­ther de­lay and ask any­one who knows of their cur­rent where­abouts or who has any in­for­ma­tion to con­tact po­lice on 999.”

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