THIS robber who has escaped from prison has links to Oldbury.

Ismail Hanson absconded from HMP Springhill this morning (Tuesday April 6) where he was serving a sentence for robbery.

Police are appealing for the public's help to trace him, but are warning people not to approach him.

Hanson is black, approximately 5ft 11ins tall, with a short black afro, and brown eyes.

He has a number of tattoos which are the word ‘Thierry’ on his left arm, as well as ‘Akeem’ and ‘Ishmale’ on his right arm.

He also has a scar on his forehead.

Police said he is known to frequent Oldbury, as well as Handsworth and Warley in Birmingham.

Detective Sergeant Andy Jones, based at Aylesbury police station, said: “We are appealing for the public’s help in locating Hanson.

“If you see him, please do not approach him but call 999 instead.

“Anyone who has any information can call Thames Valley Police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 43210143197.

“Alternatively if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”