Absconded prisoner may be in Blyth

Police are appealing for help in tracing a man who has absconded from prison and maybe in Northumberland.

Steven Antwiss escaped custody from HMP Sudbury, in Derbyshire, last month.

Enquiries have been carried out to trace the 43-year-old and police believe he is in the Blyth area.

He was serving a life sentence for armed robbery, but police believe there is no risk to the wider public.

Acting Chief Inspector Dave Harris said: “We’re working with Derbyshire Constabulary to trace this man and enquiries suggest he is in the Blyth area.

“I would urge anyone who has any information about his whereabouts to contact police so he can be returned to prison.

“Anyone who is found to be assisting or harbouring an absconder should be also be warned they will also face being arrested.”

Anyone who knows his whereabouts is urged to contact Northumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Information given to Crimestoppers that leads to arrest and conviction could result in a reward of upto £1,000.