Manhunt under way for three escaped Qld prisoners

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Police have launched a search for three men who have escaped from a Queensland prison.

The Palen Creek Correctional Centre, where the men escaped on Sunday, is located about 100 kilometres southwest of Brisbane.

Corrective Services officers have joined police in the hunt for Daniel Ian Badcock,  Osiah Pilton and Antonio David Mene.

Badcock is serving a one year sentence for possession and weapons charges. He is described as having a medium build, with a diamond tattoo on the left side of his face and the word 'Opmerta' tattooed over his right eye.

He has other tattoos including the word 'Outlaw' on his left shin and knuckle dusters tattooed onto his right hand.

Pilton is described as having black hair and eyes with the word 'Mum' tattooed on his left arm above the wrist, and a diamond tattoo on his left leg.

Pilton was serving one year and nine months for a break and enter offence.

Mene was described by police as being Torres Strait Islander, about170 cm tall with the outline of his last name tattooed on the inside of his right arm.

He was serving three years for vehicular offences.

Police have urged anyone who has seen the men not to approach them but to call triple zero.