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25.07.2006 Regional News

Fifteen Suspected Criminals Escape From Cell

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About 15 suspected criminals escaped from cells at the Nkawkaw Central Police Station after they succeeded in pouring a substance believed to be pepper into the eyes of the police officer on duty.

Three of the escapees were, however, re-arrested after the policeman on duty raised an alarm.

Narrating the incident to the Daily Graphic yesterday, the Nkawkaw Divisional Crime Officer, ASP William Daah, said at about 5:40 a.m. on Sunday, the policeman on duty at the counter opened the cell gate to collect some plastic containers to fetch water for the inmates to wash themselves and clean the cells.

According to him, without any warning, some of the inmates poured the substance into the eyes of the police officer, blinding him instantly.

He indicated that the officer raised an alarm, which drew the attention of policemen, and some members of the public around.

He said the policemen with the support of some residents, re-arrested the three escapees.

Mr Daah said that they were yet to conduct investigations into the case and called on the public to volunteer information which could lead to the re-arrest of the remaining 12 escapees.

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