Public thanked after on the run killer Valliday arrested

The PSNI has disciplined the officer
The PSNI has disciplined the officer

A convicted murderer who had been on the run after escaping custody during a hospital visit has been arrested.

Police said they detained Thomas Valliday, 27, on Monday evening.

Valliday is a life-sentence prisoner at Maghaberry high-security prison in Northern Ireland.

He had been at large since fleeing from prison staff during a visit to the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald on the outskirts of Belfast on Friday.

The killer was convicted in 2010 of the murder of west Belfast republican Frank ‘Bap’ McGreevy.

Valliday, also from west Belfast, was handed a minimum 17-year life tariff.

PSNI Superintendent Sean Wright said on Monday night: “Following extensive police inquiries, and with support and assistance from the public, officers arrested Thomas Valliday in Belfast earlier this evening.

“He will be taken for interview by police before being returned to prison in due course.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank members of the public in helping police to get this dangerous individual back into custody and in keeping people safe.”