Sean Cawthray (click on link to see photo), aged 41 was last seen on Sunday at HMP Leyhill at about 5.30pm and is thought to have left the prison sometime before 8.30pm.
He was reported missing and police enquiries have been underway since to locate him.
He has links to Leicestershire and South Yorkshire (Leeds) and it is possible he has travelled from the south west to one of these locations.
He is described as a white man, 5ft 9ins to 5ft 11ins tall, of medium build with short brown hair and blue eyes. When last seen he was wearing a pair of silver coloured training shoes, cream coloured combat trousers and a light blue coloured Helly Hansen type top. He may have been wearing either a worker's fluorescent jacket, grey jacket with orange patches or black jacket with a blue patch.
Anyone spotting Sean Cawthray is advised not to approach him but to contact police immediately on 999.
DI Dominic Graham of South Gloucestershire CID said: "We are committed to locating, returning to custody and charging anyone unlawfully at large. Officers work closely with HMP Leyhill and other police forces to track down absconders promptly and keep any potential risk to the public to a minimum."
Anyone who believes they have seen Sean Cawthray should not approach him and should contact police on 999.
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