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At-large child killer John Clifford 'boarded train in Belfast' say police

Police believe John Clifford boarded a train at Lanyon Place station on Sunday
Brendan Hughes

A CHILD killer who absconded from prison is believed to have boarded a train in Belfast after abandoning his mobility scooter, police have said.

Police issued a fresh image of John Clifford yesterday as authorities continue to search for the 56-year-old who has remained at-large since Sunday.

Clifford had been released from prison for an external appointment but failed to return.

He was convicted of killing his eight-year-old niece Sue Ellen Clifford in the late 1980s, and is serving a sentence for murder and numerous other offences including indecent assault and cruelty to children.

PSNI detective inspector Michael McDonnell said police have located the distinctive three-wheel mobility scooter Clifford had been using.

He said they believe he boarded a train at 1.05pm on Sunday at Lanyon Place train station, formally known as Central Station.

Clifford is 5ft 9in tall, of medium build, with a fresh complexion, green eyes and fair hair.

He was wearing a dark beanie-style hat, glasses, a dark heavy coat and was carrying a dark backpack.

Mr McDonnell urged anyone with information on his whereabouts to phone them on 101, and also appealed to Clifford directly to "hand himself in."

A prison service spokesman said: "The prison service remains focused on returning him to custody and we would ask anyone with information to contact the PSNI."

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