Appeal to find escapee, NSW

Police are appealing for assistance from the public to find a prisoner who has escaped from a correctional centre in Northern NSW, NSW Police say.

Police from New England Local Area Command have been told 44-year-old Clayton James Sewell was last seen at the Glen Innes Correctional Centre shortly before 1pm today, but was missing at 3.30pm.

A search of the centre and surrounding grounds failed to find the man.

Clayton Sewell is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 180cm tall with a medium build, short brown hair and hazel eyes. At the time he was wearing prison greens comprising a dark green tracksuit and bomber-style jacket lined with orange.

Police are warning members of the public NOT to approach the man but instead call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Temperatures in the area are forecast to drop below zero overnight.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers.

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