A 34-year-old woman has been charged with assisting convicted murderer Brian Grady escape from HMP Prescoed.

Grady absconded from the Monmouthshire open prison on January 14 and is still the subject of a police manhunt.

The woman, from the Bristol area, was due in Caerphilly Magistrates' court this morning subject to the courts being open.

Gwent Police is continuing to appeal for information to locate 26-year-old Brian Grady (also known as Brian Revill).

In July 2003 he was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court to serve at least 11 years after being convicted of murder and robbery.

He is described as white, 5ft 11ins, of medium build, with short light brown hair and blue eyes. He has a scar under his left eye and speaks with a Bristol accent.

It's believed Brian could be in the Bristol area where he has contacts.

Members of the public are advised not to approach him but to call police on 101 if they have any information regarding his whereabouts.