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NT Police locate another Howard Springs quarantine facility escapee

ABC Health logo ABC Health 3/12/2021

NT Police say they have located a 36-year-old man who allegedly absconded from the Howard Spring quarantine facility late last night.

Police received reports at about 10pm that a man had scaled the fence at the facility.

He was found at an address in Humpty Doo at about 2:50am this morning, police said.

Police said the man, who has been taken into custody, was a traveller from interstate.

"Investigations are continuing in relation to the circumstances of the breach and further information will be released at a later time relating to any test results for COVID," a police statement said.

The man is the fifth person to flee the Howard Springs facility, and the sixth person to flee an NT quarantine facility, in the past week.

Yesterday afternoon 27-year-old Jeremy MacDonald fled the Alice Springs quarantine facility, apparently by climbing out via the balcony.

Police are still on the lookout for Mr MacDonald.

On Wednesday, NT Police arrested three teenagers from Binjari who allegedly scaled a fence and escaped the Howard Springs quarantine facility earlier that morning. 

Four days earlier on Saturday, a 27-year-old man allegedly absconded from the Howard Springs facility, before travelling to a licensed venue on Mitchell St in Darwin's CBD where police found him.

In January, a 33-year-old Victorian woman scaled the fence and walked off in broad daylight, but police located her within about 15 minutes.

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