23/01/2012 11:58 GMT | Updated 24/03/2012 09:12 GMT

Prisoner Escapes From Van Driving From HMP Hewell In Worcestershire

A prisoner has escaped after a van taking inmates to court was ambushed today, sources said.

The prison van was stopped by a car and its driver threatened before the prisoner escaped, police sources said.

The van was taking inmates from Hewell prison in Redditch to Staffordshire Crown Court when the ambush happened at about 8.15am, it is understood.

HMP Hewell is a site which caters for category B, C and D prisoners in Worcestershire.