The Prison Service has released a statement saying that public protection is their top priority, after a prisoner escaped from HMP Haverigg.
Dean Walker was noted as unaccounted for on Friday 28th October and the 32-year-old hasn't been seen since.
Police forces across Cumbria, Lancashire and Manchester say they are working together to find Mr Walker.
Police in Cumbria have confirmed that they are continuing to search for a prisoner who they believe has escaped from Haverigg Prison.
Dean Walker, from Manchester, remains unaccounted for after reports of the 32-year-old going missing on 28th October.
Specialist policing resources have been deployed across Cumbria and they're liaising with police in Lancashire and Greater Manchester.
Mr Walker, who was sentenced for robbery, is described as black male, with brown eyes and a shaved head.
Prisoners from Haverigg have been helping to dig out sheep from a farm in west Cumbria- five days on from last week's huge snowfall.
Many farms have lost animals and some are still very badly affected.
Our rural affairs correspondent Tim Backshall reports from Corney Fell: