The Last WA Prison Escapee Has Been Caught

Two days after the mass prison break.

26 July 2018

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The last remaining West Australian prison escapee has been caught almost two days after he and nine other inmates broke out of prison.

Bradley Silvester was found in Glenfield by authorities about 8.40am on Thursday morning, 25km north of the Greenough Regional Prison near Geraldton in WA's Mid West.

Silvester was one of 10 inmates who escaped on Tuesday afternoon.

The 35-year-old had been spotted on Wednesday evening near the 440 Road House on the North Western Highway, sparking a police search of the area.

The 10 inmates broke out after a riot, which Prison Officers' Union acting secretary Paul Ledingham said went for hours and was finally contained early on Wednesday.

It is believed inmates scaled a perimeter fence using a ladder when prison officers went to extinguish a cell fire started as a diversion.

Seven escapees were found in the area early on Wednesday, while two others later handed themselves in to local police.

Premier Mark McGowan told reporters there had been no indication of rising unrest among the Greenough inmates, but there would now be "heightened monitoring" at WA prisons.

The jail holds remand prisoners under maximum security, while other inmates are kept in medium and minimum security sections.

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