Prisoners armed and on the run in NSW after brazen jail break

THREE prisoners are on the run armed with knives, a hammer and a screwdriver after breaking out of a jail in NSW.

Andrew Fernando, 22, Greg Walford, 20, and Dean Boney, 20 managed to bust out of a minimum-security correctional centre south of Brewarrina, in the state’s north-west, early this morning.

The trio allegedly threatened a correctional officer in the administration building with knives, a hammer and a screwdriver before stealing a Toyota Landcruiser and fleeing north towards Brewarrina.


Police said they were last seen around 2.40am.

Officers managed to catch up with the Landcruiser twice, once on Arthur Hall Way and again around 3.45am near Walgett, but were forced to stop pursuing the vehicle on both occasions due to safety concerns.

All three fugitives are described as being of Aboriginal appearance and were all wearing prison greens when they escaped.

Police said they were all serving sentences for aggravated break and enter offences.

Members of the public are warned not to approach the fugitives, who police say may be armed and dangerous.

Anyone who spots the men or the stolen vehicle, or has any information that could assist police with their investigation, is urged to contact Triple Zero (000) immediately.