Three inmates escaped Townsville Correctional Centre’s prison farm


Manhunt underway for three inmates who broke out of prison as police warn frightened locals: ‘do not approach’

  • Police hunt for three men who escaped prison in North Queensland Monday
  • The inmates vanished from the Townsville Correctional Centre’s prison farm
  • Police have warned members of the public ‘do not approach’ if you see them

A major manhunt is underway for three prisoners who escaped the Townsville Correctional Centre’s prison farm in North Queensland on Monday night. 

The male inmates vanished from the low-security jail between 6.30pm and 7.30pm but Queensland Corrective Services do not know which direction they headed – or how they busted out.

Police have have set up road blocks in surrounding areas between the Bruce Highway and Southwood Rd warning members of the public ‘do not approach’ as two of the are serving time for violent crimes.

Preston Donald Zane Quakawoot was locked up for assaulting a police office and was sentenced to nine months

Preston Donald Zane Quakawoot was locked up for assaulting a police office and was sentenced to nine months

Layne Rex Newman, was jailed for break-ins without violence or threats and is serving a year and three months

Layne Rex Newman, was jailed for break-ins without violence or threats and is serving a year and three months

Les Noel Noble is currently serving four years behind bars for Armed robbery

Les Noel Noble is currently serving four years behind bars for Armed robbery

Les Noel Noble is currently serving a four years stint for Armed robbery. 

Preston Donald Zane Quakawoot was locked up for assaulting a police office and was sentenced to nine months.

The third in the trio Layne Rex Newman, was jailed for break-ins without violence or threats and is serving a year and three months.

Anyone with any information on the men’s whereabouts is urged to keep their distance and call police immediately. 

More to come. 

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