Gibbs back behind bars, but other escapees still on the run

Christopher Gibbs
Christopher Gibbs Contributed

A PRISON escapee serving time for a series of Coffs Coast bank robberies is back behind bars while three other northern NSW inmates remain on the run.

Christopher Gibbs, 30, was arrested at a Central Coast Shopping Centre on Wednesday after leading police on a two-week chase across southern Australia.

It's the second time his escape plans have been foiled by a quick thinking off-duty police officer.

On November, 2011 he was wanted over six Mid North Coast robberies including the armed hold-ups of the ANZ on Harbour Dr and the BCU branches at Nambucca Heads and Urunga.

His lucky run ended with a dramatic arrest at Nelson Bay when he was recognised by a patron at a local hotel.

Gibbs was chased through several backyards and across building roofs before an off-duty police officer arrived on the scene and crash-tackled him to the ground.

An off-duty officer spotted Gibbs at the Erina mall on Wednesday and called for back-up.

Gibbs appeared in the Gosford court on Thursday and was returned to prison.

Meanwhile, police are still hunting three inmates who fled the Glen Innes jail the same week.

Toormina's Ashley Cullen, Zac Cree, from Banora Point, and Grafton's Reegan Freeburn are believed to be hiding out in Queensland.

(From left) Prison escapees Reegan Freeburn, 24 from Grafton, Ashley Cullen , 21, from Toormina and Zac Cree, 25, from Banora Point have not been seen since they were secured in their unit at the Glenn Innes jail Thursday night.
(From left) Prison escapees Reegan Freeburn, 24 from Grafton, Ashley Cullen , 21, from Toormina and Zac Cree, 25, from Banora Point have not been seen since they were secured in their unit at the Glenn Innes jail Thursday night.

The trio was last seen in the unit they shared at the jail on the night of April 4.

Cullen, 21, is serving a four-year, nine month sentence for his part in a terrifying South Grafton home invasion where a woman was raped and a man tied up.

Freeburn, a convicted woman basher, is serving a three-year maximum sentence for assault, stalking, intimidation and reckless wounding.

Cree is serving a maximum sentence of three years and nine months with a non-parole period of two years and 10 months for driving and break and enter offences.

Anyone who sees a prison escapee should call 000.


Splendour tickets sold out in minutes

Splendour tickets sold out in minutes

If you missed out, don’t panic and read on

EASY GUIDE: How to get your tickets for Splendour 2018

EASY GUIDE: How to get your tickets for Splendour 2018

Line-up has been revealed, now it's time to get ready for festival

The new rules you need to know if you use e-cigarettes

The new rules you need to know if you use e-cigarettes

The Health Minister has announced new regulations

Local Partners