Thames Valley Police have launched an appeal to trace a man who has absconded from HMP Springhill in Aylesbury.

Joe Dunning, aged 31, absconded from HMP Springhill yesterday (23/8) at around 8.30am. It is believed that he has links across the Thames Valley area, Bournemouth and West London, including North Kensington and Ladbroke Grove.

He is described as white, around 5ft 11ins tall and of medium build, with short black/dark brown hair, blues eyes and clean shaven. He has a scar on his right hand.

Dunning was serving a sentence for drug offences.

Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Andy Jones, of Aylesbury Vale CID, said: “We are appealing for the public’s help in locating Joe Dunning, who has absconded from HMP Springhill.

“If you see him, or see anyone matching his description or you have information about his whereabouts, please call police on 101 quoting the reference 43190261015 or make a report online.

“Alternatively you can call Crimstoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”