UPDATE: Peters has been arrested by NSW Police in the inner west suburb of Petersham.

Police are warning the community to be on high alert after convicted murderer Damien Anthony Peters, who killed and dismembered two male partners in 2001, escaped parole.

NSW Police are currently searching for Peters, who reportedly freed himself from a monitoring anklet he was ordered to warn as part of his parole, the ABC reported.

Peters murdered and dismembered the bodies of his two victims, Tereaupii Akai and Bevan Frost, months apart in his Surry Hills apartment in 2001.

He stabbed Akai two times in the neck before dismembering and discarding his body in a council bin.

Eight months later, Police investigation Frost’s disappearance found his remains in the bathtub of Peters’ apartment. Peters had killed Frost while giving him a massage, before also dismembering his body.

Peters pleaded guilty to both murders, and was sentenced to 21 years in prison in 2002, with a non-parole period of 13 years. He was granted parole in 2016.

Police are warning members of the public to not approach Peters and to call 000 (triple zero) immediately if he is sighted.

“Mr Peters is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 175 to 185cm tall, with a muscular build and short brown hair,” NSW Police said.

“He has a tattoo on his right upper arm of a snake wrapped around a panther and tribal-style tattoos on his upper left upper arm.”

Peters was last seen in the vicinity of Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick around 4:15pm on Sunday afternoon.

Anyone with further information that may assist in locating Peters has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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