A MURDERER is on the run after absconding from Kirkham Prison.
Brian Lynch, 44, was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 21-year-old Chi Keung Yip in Clayton Vale in March 1988.
He was moved to the open prison in December to serve the remainder of his sentence, but did not return after a day trip to Preston city centre on Wednesday afternoon.
Lynch is described as five feet tall, of stocky build, with blue eyes, short, cropped ginger hair and is unshaven.
He was wearing black trousers, a black jacket and dirty grey suede and leather trainers.
Det Insp Jon Clegg of Lancashire Police said: “We do not believe that Lynch is a risk to the public but we are nevertheless very keen to trace him and return him to prison to serve the remainder of his sentence.
“Although he could still be in Lancashire, there is a possibility he may have travelled back to the Greater Manchester area and we would ask the public to be vigilant and report any sightings to the police - any details the public may have could be crucial.”
Information can be passed to police either in person, by calling 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.