Escaped prisoner may be hiding in South Tyneside

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A prisoner on the run from an open jail may be hiding in South Tyneside.

Police are appealing for the public's help to locate Samuel Hill, 35, who escaped from HMP Kirklevington, near Yarm, on Monday.

He has links to South Tyneside and inquiries are being carried out by Northumbria Police to locate him.

He was serving a sentence for conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Northumbria Police immediately on 999.