A MANHUNT has been launched after a murderer escaped from prison for a second time.

Lee Nevins, 39, was caged for life in 2006 after battering a disabled man to death while on alcohol and drugs.

He fled prison for the first time in 2008 after he was taken to hospital for an injured hand.

Police have now issued an urgent appeal after Nevins escaped for a second time.

The killer was on temporary licence but failed to return to HMP Sudbury open prison in Derbyshire.

Officers say Nevins, who has a string of violent convictions, has links to Gateshead, Chester-le-Street, and Northumberland.

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He has been described as white, of slim build, around 6ft tall with short blonde hair and blue eyes.

The brute has a tattoo of a Tasmanian Devil on his arm.

A Prison Service spokesperson said: "HMP Sudbury is working with police to recapture Lee Nevins quickly and on capture he faces longer behind bars."

Nevins and accomplice Mark Lang forced their way into Lee's home and mocked him for being disabled before launching a brutal attack.

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Lee, who was left in a pool of blood, was rushed to hospital but died three weeks later.

In 2006, Nevins was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 17 years behind bars.

But two years later, he escaped prison and went on the run for several weeks before he was finally caught in Scotland.

A probe at the time was highly critical of bungling prison staff.

Anyone who sees Nevins or knows where he is asked to contact police quoting reference 22*563940.

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