POLICE are appealing for information after a man absconded from a Cheshire prison.

Joseph Halsall was last seen at HMP Thorncross in Appleton at 4.30am on 5 April.

Officers are currently carrying out a number of enquiries in a bid to trace the 25-year-old and they are urging anyone with any information as to his whereabouts to get in touch.

It is believed that Halsall could be trying to make his way back to the Liverpool area, where he is originally from, and he may try to get a lift.

Inspector Christian Morris said: “We are doing everything we can to locate him and there are a number of enquiries ongoing in the local area and further afield.

"I would ask anyone with any information as to his whereabouts to please get in touch.

“Whilst we do not believe that Halsall poses a risk to the public, anyone who sees him is urged not to approach him but to call 999 as soon as possible.”

He is described as white, 6’ tall, of slim build with short brown hair and blue eyes.

He was last seen wearing black trainers, dark coloured jeans and a grey long sleeve zip top with a dark blue long sleeve top underneath.

Anyone with any information should contact police on 101 quoting IML 956123.

Information can also be passed on anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.