A manhunt has been launched after a prisoner escaped from custody.
John Inglesby, 28, made off from a GeoAmey prison van in Cheshire at 5.25pm yesterday as he was being transported from Macclesfield Magistrates' Court to HMP Birmingham.
He had earlier appeared in court charged with aggravated vehicle taking and conspiracy to commit burglary after he had been arrested on Monday.
Inglesby is believed to have fled the breakout scene on the A534, near to junction 17 of the M6, and headed towards Sandbach. He then approached a nearby property where he threatened the homeowner and stole a white Audi A3 convertible with a black roof.
Inglesby, who is originally from the Crewe area, is described as being about 5ft 8in, with short brown hair and blue eyes. His last known address was in Kirkby, Liverpool.
Extensive inquiries are under way to locate Inglesby and police are appealing for anyone with any information regarding his whereabouts to get in touch, said Cheshire Constabulary.
Superintendent John Armstrong said: "Our priority is to locate this man and return him to lawful custody. Whilst we do not believe that Inglesby poses a risk to the public at large, anyone who sees him is urged not to approach him but should call 999 immediately."
Anyone who has any information should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101 quoting incident number 663 of 19 March, or call anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.