Police surround Danish inventor who killed journalist after prison escape attempt

A convicted murderer, who killed a journalist on board his submarine, has been apprehended after trying to escape prison, according to Danish media reports.

Peter Madsen, 49, reportedly tried to flee Herstedvester Prison, where he is serving a life sentence for the murder of Kim Wall in 2017.

Danish police have said a man has been arrested after an attempted escape and the area has been cordoned off.

Photos from the scene in Albertslund, Copenhagen, appear to show Madsen surrounded by armed police.

Two officers lie on their stomachs on the ground in front of him and it looks like he is wearing a belt-like object around his stomach.