Police have released the name of the prisoner who escaped Hutt Hospital this morning.

Donald Keepa, 38, is wanted for escaping custody after an incident at the Lower Hutt hospital about 10am.

He was last seen in Avalon near Kennedy Good Bridge and State Highway 2.
Keepa is described as being 172cm tall, medium build, with distinctive tattoos on his neck.

Police are actively searching for him but are asking that the public report any sightings of him or information on his whereabouts.

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Keepa is not considered dangerous to the general public however he should not be approached and anyone who sees him should contact police on 111.

Alternatively information can be provided via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.