POLICE are appealing for the public's help to locate a man accused of serious crimes - including making a death threat.

Stephen McDowell, 26, should not be approached, warn police.

In a statement issued this afternoon, Cumbria Police said that they want to hear from any person who can help them locate McDowell, who hails from Workington.

He is wanted in connection to several alleged offences on the following days:

* October 10, at a venue on Jane Street, Workington, when there were alleged threats to kill, racially aggravated provocation of unlawful violence and a common assault;

* September 15, at a petrol station in Keswick, when he allegedly caused intentional distress;

* September 13, when he is alleged to have instigated "malicious communications".

He is believed to be in west Cumbria.

The Cumbria Constabulary statement added: "Stephen is described as white, with short dark brown hair, blue eyes, a dark brown thin beard, 5 ft 8 ins tall and of slim build.

"Police are advising the public not to approach McDowell.

"Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact police on 999."

The statement added: "Assisting a person in evading arrest is a crime. Offenders may be prosecuted."