Missing prisoner found

A prisoner who absconded from HMP Hewell near Redditch last month has been found by police in Alcester.

Alan Giles charged with escaping from prison

Alan Giles absconded from HMP Hewell Credit: West Mercia Police

Escaped prisoner Alan Giles, who was arrested last night after going missing last month, has been charged with escaping from lawful custody.

Police say the charge relates to the period between Sunday 27th October and Wednesday 6th November. Mr Giles is accused of absconding from Hewell Prison on Monday 28th October before he was finally arrested in the Gunnings Road area of Alcester last night.

He will appear at Worcester Magistrates Court tomorrow.

West Mercia Police 'pleased' to have found prisoner Alan Giles

A prisoner who absconded from HMP Hewell near Redditch last month has been found by police in Alcester, ten days after he went missing.

Alan Giles, 56, was arrested after a call from a member of the public who believed they had spotted him just after 6 o clock this evening. Giles has been taken into custody in Redditch.

“We are very pleased to have tracked down Mr Giles as the search for him has taken up an enormous amount of our time and resources over the past ten days.

“As we always suspected a tip off from a member of the public was key to us bringing Mr Giles back into custody tonight and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank every single person who has come forward with information to help our investigation.

“We have been really impressed by the amount of information that has come in and how keen people have been to help us with our enquiries.

“I’d also like to thank the media for their excellent support in keeping Mr Giles’ escape in the spotlight as this has been really helpful to ensure our appeals for information were seen by as wide an audience as possible.

“Clearly we have a huge amount of work to do now Mr Giles has been located and arrested and therefore we will not be making any further comment on this matter this evening.”

– Detective Inspector Paul Judge, West Mercia Police

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BREAKING: Escaped prisoner Alan Giles found and arrested

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1/2: We are pleased to confirm that escaped prisoner Alan Giles has been located and arrested in the Alcester area in the last 90 minutes.

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2/2: Mr Giles was arrested after being spotted in the Gunnings Road area by a member of the public. Full press release to follow shortly.