'Sightings' of murderer Brian Lynch on run from Kirkham Prison

Brian Lynch
Image caption Police think Brian Lynch might be in Greater Manchester

Two possible sightings of a murderer on the run from a Lancashire prison are being investigated by police.

Brian Lynch, 44, is serving a life sentence for the murder of Chi Keung Yip, 21, in Clayton Vale, Greater Manchester, in March 1988, police said.

Lynch, who is only 5ft tall, was on a trip from HMP Kirkham to Preston city centre when he disappeared on Thursday.

Officers said he may have been at Preston bus station at 15:00 then in nearby Penwortham at 17:15 on Thursday.

'May become a risk'

Det Ch Insp Andy Gilbert said: "As a result of further enquiries made since Lynch absconded yesterday afternoon, there is a possibility that he may become a risk to the public the longer he is away from prison and so we would urge people not to approach him if they do see him.

"I want to reassure people that we have a team of officers dedicated to finding Lynch and who will be following up every single lead or sighting of him so I would ask anyone who thinks they have seen him to call us."

Officers said Lynch may have travelled to Greater Manchester and the force asked the public to be vigilant.

He is described as 5ft tall, of stocky build, with blue eyes, short ginger hair and unshaven.

He was wearing black trousers, a black jacket and dirty grey suede and leather trainers.

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