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Police search for escaped prisoner

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/08/2016
Dion King escaped from Corrections custody. © NZ Police Dion King escaped from Corrections custody.

A prisoner has escaped from Hawke's Bay Hospital, prompting a widespread police search.

Cordons and patrol points have been set up by police searching for an escaped prisoner last seen at Hawke's Bay Hospital.

Dion King escaped from Corrections custody while in the hospital's Accident and Emergency department at around 7.30pm on Sunday.

King was handcuffed and "would have been noticeable" when leaving the hospital, police said on Monday.

There is not believed to be a risk to the public.

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