Two prisoners have gone on the run in Northern Ireland after failing to return from compassionate bail.

Brothers Charles Valliday, 45, and James Valliday, 51, did not return to Maghaberry prison yesterday under conditions allowing them to attend a relative's funeral.

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy of the Police Service of Northern Ireland said: "Charles and James Valliday, who are awaiting trial for serious offences, were last seen at 10am yesterday in the area of St Jude's Chapel on the Falls Road where they attended a relative's funeral.

"James is described as 1.7m (5'9'') in height, of medium build with short, dark brown hair and blue eyes. He has a tattoo on his left arm - a scroll saying 'mum and dad'.

"Charles is described as 1.7m (5'9'') in height, of stocky build, with short, brown hair, protruding ears and green eyes. He has a tattoo on his left arm - a bulldog, panther and snake - and a fish tattoo on his right arm.

"They have a history of violence and I would urge the public not to approach them but to contact police immediately," added Det Supt Murphy.