The public were warned yesterday by police not to approach three inmates, including a Worcestershire man, who fled a controversial open prison.
Neil James Sherlock, 33, Myles Thomas Bessell, 30, and James Robert Birch, 25, disappeared from Prescoed prison in Monmouthshire, south Wales, on Tuesday.
Sherlock was convicted of robbery at Cardiff Crown Court in October 2000. He is white, 5ft 6in, of slight build, weighs 9.5 stone and has brown hair and green eyes.
Bessell is 5ft 7in, of slim build, weighs 10 stone, and has brown hair and green eyes. He was convicted of robbery at Bristol Crown Court in February last year.
Birch, from Bromsgrove, was convicted of death by dangerous driving in June 2004. He is white, 5ft 8in, of slim build, weighs nearly 10 stone, has brown eyes and brown hair, and has extensive tattoos including "Jim", "fish" and "Mum" on his left arm.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 01633 838111.