Police are appealing for information after two men escaped from a prison in Doncaster.
Barry John Henry Lynn, who is 35-years-old and from Newcastle, and Michael Forster, who is 41 and from Gateshead, escaped from Hatfield Prison near Doncaster at 1:06pm on Wednesday.
Officers in both the South Yorkshire and Northumbria force areas are currently looking for the men, who are thought to be in a new shape blue Vauxhall Astra.
There is a possibility that the men may be in the north east and enquiries are ongoing to locate them.
The public are urged not to approach the men but to contact police if they see them.
Two people have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and are currently in custody helping police with their enquiries.
An inquest has heard that a transgender woman who was found dead at Armley prison in Leeds was considered to be "at risk of self-harm".
Vicky Thompson, who was 21 and from Keighley, died on November 13th. She had said she would kill herself if sent to a male prison.
The inquest at Wakefield Coroner's Court was adjourned for police and prison service investigations. Her death has prompted calls for a shake-up of the government's handling of transgender prisoners and a change in policy.
A minute's silence, attended by Vicky's boyfriend Robert Steele, was held in Bradford at the weekend.
The Prison Officers' Association says it can't rule out strike action if there's a repeat of the weekend's disturbances at Ranby Prison.Read the full story ›
Talks are taking place at the Ministry of Justice this afternoon to discuss a riot over the weekend at Ranby prison - which was branded unsafe last week by the prison watchdog.
Specially-trained guards were sent in to quell the disturbance involving around 60 prisoners, who took control of one wing of the jail on the outskirts of Retford for several hours. The prison service says no one was injured, but there was some minor damage. The Ministry of Justice is yet to respond to a request for comment.
"The disturbance at HMP Ranby has ended safely. No staff or prisoners injured. Visits tomorrow will take place as normal."
A disturbance involving prisoners at HMP Ranby has ended according to the Ministry of Justice.
The department said in a statement: "The disturbance at HMP Ranby has ended safely. No staff or prisoners injured. Visits tomorrow will take place as normal."
Shouting and banging could be heard as a security vans left HMP Ranby where a disturbance involving prisoners is ongoing.
A number of vehicles from the GEOAmey prisoner escort and custody company were seen entering the facility.
When they left a short time later banging could be heard on the sides of the vehicles and shouting from inside was heard.
Firefighters joined their colleagues from the police at HMP Ranby where a disturbance involving prisoners is ongoing.
Shortly after 7.30pm around 15 firefighters arrived outside the prison and began putting on their full kit before walking in through the main gate.
Officers carrying shields and other equipment were also seen going into the prison earlier.
"Should not forget the Governor at Ranby is relatively new and working extremely hard to address concerns from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons. Riots good for no one."
Glyn Travis, assistant secretary of the Prison Officers' Association (POA) said today's disturbance was "no surprise" to the POA.
"It's all down to chronic staff shortfalls and a management that are hell-bent on delivering things they can't deliver safely. Prisoners are saying 'We're not dealing with this'. "They will react."