Brothers on the run after failing to return to Maghaberry prison after funeral

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Two prisoners have gone on the run in Northern Ireland after failing to return from compassionate bail.

Brothers Charles Valliday, 45, and James Valliday, 51, did not return to Maghaberry prison on Thursday under conditions allowing them to attend a relative’s funeral.

Charles Valliday
Charles Valliday (Police Service of Northern Ireland/PA)

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy of the PSNI said: “Charles and James Valliday, who are awaiting trial for serious offences, were last seen at 10am yesterday in the area of St Jude’s Chapel on the Falls Road where they attended a relative’s funeral.

“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’.

James Valliday
James Valliday (Police Service of Northern Ireland/PA)

“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.

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

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