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Cessnock escapee arrested


A man who escaped from a minimum-security correctional facility in Cessnock has been arrested.

The 30-year-old inmate, Vaughan Grimston, was reported missing from the facility on Lindsay Street at about 11.15am on Wednesday.

After receiving a report that a man matching his description had been seen, police attended Cooper Street, Cessnock, at about 6pm.

The man was arrested a short time later in King Street.

A car believed to have been used by the man has been seized.

He was taken to Cessnock Police Station and charged with escape lawful custody, take and drive conveyance, disqualified driver, dishonestly obtain property by deception and resist arrest.

He has been refused bail and will appear in Newcastle Local Court on Thursday.

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