8 Jun 2012

Escaped inmates may be heading north

9:33 pm on 8 June 2012

Police believe two escaped prisoners could be heading to the Far North.

Jesse Ibell, 24, and Wayne Holmes, 23, escaped from Waikeria Prison near Te Awamutu on Wednesday night.

Police say the men have extensive criminal histories and should not be approached.

The pair have been sighted in the Hauraki Plains where they abandoned a stolen car south of Thames.

Detective Sergeant Ross Patterson says he believes the men stole a car in Kihikihi, near Te Awamutu, and travelled north to Kerepehi, where the vehicle was eventually recovered.

Police have been contacting people in Northland who are known to the pair.