For the past six years, Sue Ryder has successfully been running a Prisoner Volunteer Programme working with risk assessed prisoners, who are eligible to work out in the community. This partnership with the prison service has helped raise vital funds from its shops, whilst supporting the prisoners’ resettlement. We can confirm that Alan Giles was a former volunteer as part of the programme, and that we are supporting the police with their investigation
Mr Giles volunteered in the Alcester shop in June this year, in July he was transferred to our Leamington Spa shop. In August a decision was taken in consultation with the prison to end Mr Giles volunteering with Sue Ryder. All prisoners that volunteer at Sue Ryder have been through a robust and rigorous risk assessment process to ensure the safety of Sue Ryder staff, it's volunteers and shoppers.
Detectives hunting child killer Alan Giles, who escaped from HMP Hewell in Redditch, Worcestershire, on Monday morning, have called on the 56-year-old to turn himself in to police.
We are concerned about his state of mind as a result of information we have received after he went missing and I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to him to hand himself in directly to the nearest police station or contact us by phone so that we can resolve this matter.
We are leaving no stone unturned in order to find Giles and we will provide whatever resources are required in order to achieve that.
I would also urge anyone who is helping him or sheltering him to contact us without delay.
West Mercia Police have released more information about Alan John Giles who absconded from HMP Hewell on Monday.
Officers at HMP Hewell had been doing their routine checks at 6am. Alan Giles was in his cell at that time on Monday morning but a further check at 11am that morning revealed that he was no longer in his cell.
It does suggest that he's just walked out as opposed to being a long-standing, pre-planned issue. However we're obviously keeping an open-mind in relation to his true motives.