Hunter Valley Police District urging residents to stay away from Queen Street, Cambridge Street and Kent Street area

SINGLETON residents are being urged to avoid the Queen Street area on Wednesday afternoon as police continue to search for a man who escaped custody.

NSW Police Media confirmed that a male absconded while under their supervision, resulting in a search with a Polair helicopter assisting.

Hunter Valley Police District officers on hand have asked locals to stay away from the Queen Street, Cambridge Street and Kent Street area until further notice.

St Catherine's Catholic College will also remain in lockdown.

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CAMBRIDGE STREET: A Policeman is pictured on the corner of Queen and Cambridge Street at 3pm on Wednesday.

CAMBRIDGE STREET: A Policeman is pictured on the corner of Queen and Cambridge Street at 3pm on Wednesday.