Two prisoners escape from jail van in Manchester

Two prisoners have escaped from a jail van after it was ambushed by armed men on the outskirts of Manchester city centre.

A number of men attacked the van in Trinity Way at about 0830 BST, Greater Manchester Police said.

They fled in a Saab, which was later found abandoned in Barrow Street in the Islington area of Salford.

A security guard has been taken to hospital but his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Det Sgt Paul Copplestone urged anyone with information to contact Greater Manchester Police.

He said: "We are sure that this incident was witnessed by many people at a very busy time of the morning. The Saab was driven off towards the M602 motorway.