A MANHUNT has been launched after a 51-year-old escaped from prison.

Joseph Curley, who has links to Bournemouth, is wanted after escaping from HMP Leyhill on Sunday, March 24.

He was there serving a sentence for burglary, fraud and driving offences.

Curley is described as white, approximately 5ft 9ins tall, of medium build, with grey hair and a beard.

He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, a black jumper, grey joggers and black trainers.

He also has links to the Newport area of South Wales.

If you see Curley, do not approach him but dial 999 immediately.

If you have any information, call 101 and quote reference 522407601.