Police catch three teens who escaped Howard Springs COVID-19 facility

by | Dec 1, 2021 | Cops, COVID-19, News | 0 comments

Three people who escaped the Howard Springs quarantine facility early this morning, forcing police to set up road checkpoints in the area and scrambling again to identify the absconders and their health statuses, have been caught NT Police have said.

It’s the second break-out in less than a week.

The latest escape happened around 4:40am, with NT Police media manager Rob Cross saying the trio scaled a fence at the quarantine facility and fled the area.

They were later identified as teens from the Binjari community, who police say all tested negative for COVID-19.

Police established a road checkpoint around 5am and were searching every vehicle and boot for the escapees for most of the morning.

Police did not issue a public statement about the escape until 8:30am.

At 10.24am, Mr Cross issued another release saying the people had been caught and they had all tested negative for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Police Commissioner Jamie Chalker said the teens were found on the outskirts of Palmerston and attempted to evade the police but were apprehended.

On Friday, a 27-year-old man scaled a fence and hopped into a waiting ute to hit the Darwin party strip. He was later arrested, and returned a negative test, but it took police hours to identify the man.

Security concerns inside the facility were also raised this week after the NT Independent revealed people inside were moving between the different security zones, including the red zone, where COVID-positive cases are housed.

A press conference on the latest escape is expected later this morning.

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