Teenager flees NSW detention centre

A teenager has escaped from a juvenile correctional facility in the NSW Riverina region.

Ayeden Jones, 17, escaped the Wagga Wagga facility about 5.30pm on Tuesday with police failing to find him after searching the nearby area, NSW Police said in a statement.

Jones, who has blond hair and a thin build, was last seen wearing a maroon jumper and dark grey tracksuit pants with police saying he may be heading to the Lake Illawarra area.

Anyone who sees him should not approach but call triple-zero or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.