Armed swooped on a house in Portrush around Midnight on Thursday as the manhunt for dangerous on the run fugitive Michael Smith continued following a tip off that he was seen in the town.
Below is the dramatic moment armed police swooped on a house in the seaside town of Portrush.
The Belfast Telegraph reports that police moved in after a member of the public believed they had spotted the fugitive earlier that evening however there no sign of Smith when police entered the building. It is believed to have been a false alarm..
Michael Lawrence Smith, aged 38, was released erroneously by the Prison Service on Tuesday 7 March and has failed to return to the prison. Mr Smith, who is currently on remand for murder, had previously applied for High Court bail for this offence. Police strenuously objected and bail was refused.
Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes said: “Michael Smith, who is deemed as dangerous, was last seen in the Belfast area at 2pm on Tuesday 7 March.