Police continue to hunt for an escaped prisoner who has been missing for two days.

The fugitive was due to appear in court on Saturday, July 11, but said he was feeling unwell and was taken to Tameside General Hospital under guard.

But the 21-year-old managed to escape, sparking a police manhunt for the prisoner.

Officers and a police helicopter were seen searching Reddish Vale Country Park, near Stockport, on Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday, the search was widened to Tameside and neighbouring areas.

Police have also been searching Hyde Hall Farm hiking area in Denton.

However, the prisoner still remains at large and officers continue to search for him.

Police have arrested a 19-year-old woman on suspicion of assisting an offender.

She has been released under investigation while the manhunt continues.

The police were searching Reddish Vale Country Park

A statement from a Greater Manchester Police spokeswoman said there were concerns for the man's welfare and he was taken to hospital, but he then 'absconded'.

She said: "A search was conducted in the Hyde Hall Farm hiking area in Denton and bordering Reddish Vale Country Park in Stockport and continues across the neighbouring areas today (Sunday 12 July 2020).

"A 19-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender."

The fugitive was due to appear in court, charged with two counts of burglary, three counts of theft of motor vehicle theft, shoplifting, a public order offence and possession of a bladed article.

It is understood the man appeared in court last year, charged with blackmailing a fellow inmate for £1,000 at Forest Bank prison in Salford.