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Guangxi police hunt prison escaper

POLICE in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region have offered a 50,000-yuan (US$7,353) cash reward for information leading to the capture of an escaped convict.

Li Shengrong, 27, escaped from a prison in Beihai City at midday yesterday, after a visit to the prison clinic, a spokesman with the city's public security bureau said today.

Li, a native of Guangxi, was sentenced to six years in jail in January last year after being convicted of robbery.

Li claimed he was sick Sunday morning and was accompanied by a warden to the clinic. "When he was escorted back to his cell, still handcuffed, he caught the warden off guard and disappeared into a dense thicket of sugarcane on the prison farm," a prison official said on condition of anonymity.

He said the prisoner then scaled the two-meter fence and escaped.

Prison workers later found Li's abandoned medical records and uniform near the fence.

Police were stationed at all pivotal crossings and toll gates in the city to search every vehicle. Enditem


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