Police have named the two men who are on the run after being sprung from a prison van, sparking a massive manhunt.
Ryan MacDonald, 20, and Stevie McMullen, 31, were freed in Salford by three men - one believed to have been armed - who attacked the van as it made its way to Manchester Crown Court where they were due to be sentenced.
Chief Superintendent Kevin Mulligan told a press conference that both men “represent a risk to the community, in particular Stevie McMullan”, urging anyone who saw them to call 999 immediately.
“I am concerned about them being on the loose, they are responsible for some serious offences,” he said.
“I don’t think they pose a risk unless approached so it’s really important that if anyone sees them they contact us straightaway.”
A man and a woman are in custody after being arrested on the Ordsall Estate, where the Saab car used to take the men from the scene was later abandoned, he added.