Wollongong escapee arrested on train at Coffs

A prison inmate has been arrested more than 600km from where he was performing volunteer duties in the Illawarra area this week.

Police issued a state-wide appeal for assistance after the 35-year-old man was reported missing about midday on Wednesday July 17.

Following extensive inquiries, officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District boarded a train at Coffs Harbour and arrested the man, and a 39-year-old woman, about 12.20am this morning (Friday).

They were taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station, where the man has now been charged with inmate escape/attempt to escape from lawful custody, as well as an arrest warrant.

The woman has been charged with knowingly harbour, maintain or employ an escaped inmate, as well as an arrest warrant.

Both have been refused bail to appeal in Coffs Harbour Local Court today.