A MANHUNT is underway to catch a murderer who has absconded from an open prison.

Stephen Archer was last seen at HMP Sudbury in in Derbyshire on Wednesday.

The 48-year-old, who was convicted in 1993, is believed to have links to Nottingham and Lancashire, but his details are being circulated by police forces around the country a part of a national search

A Derbyshire Police spokesman said he should not be approached and to call 999 if they see him.

He is described as white, 5ft 10in, slightly built with a shaven head and tattoos on his forearms.

Archer has a cross on the inside of his right and a dagger tattoo on his left.