A violent criminal used a spoon to dig her way out of a Dutch prison, officials said today.

The 35-year-old woman, held for an unspecified "violent crime,” fled on Sunday through a tunnel she had dug with a spoon, prosecution spokesman Wim de Bruin, said.

The tunnel linked the inside of the prison in Breda in the southern Netherlands to the outside world, he said, without specifying if it started in the woman's cell.

Justice ministry spokesman Jochgem van Opstal would not say what sentence the woman was serving or for what specific crime. She was still on the run today.

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