UPDATED: Two men in their 20s and 30s escaped from a low-security prison in eastern Norway on Thursday, the second jail-break so far this week. Their hours in freedom were short.
On Tuesday a man escaped from the Bastøy prison on an island off Horten by paddling a surfboard over the Oslo Fjord. Police on Thursday said two men at the Ilseng prison in Stange, Hedmark County, were seen jumping over a fence and running off shortly after 12:15pm.
Most of the inmates at the Ilseng prison are serving short sentences for petty crime. The two escapees were said to be Polish citizens who were missing after workers picking berries in a nearby field saw them run off.
“We’re out looking for these two people but we don’t have any description of what kind of clothes they were wearing, so that makes things difficult,” Trond Ole Berg of the Hedmark Police told state broadcaster NRK shortly after the jail break. Police urged anyone who had seen two men around the Ilseng prison to contact them and within two hours, two men were spotted at a bus stop on state highway RV25, reported local newspaper Hamar Arbeiderbladet. By 2:45pm, Ola Busterud of the prison could report that the two jailbirds were back in their cells.