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Escaped child killer 'may be in Alcester area'

A manhunt for escaped murderer Alan Giles continues today, as police believe he may be hiding out in Warwickshire.

West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police are searching for the 56-year-old, who went missing from HMP Hewell in Redditch earlier this week.

Escaped prisoner Alan Giles Credit: West Mercia Police

Giles, from Oldbury, was serving two life sentences for the murder and kidnap of 16-year-old Quinton student Kevin Ricketts in 1995.

He walked out of an open area of the prison on Monday.

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Missing Alcester man

Police are concerned about a 62-year-old man who was reported missing from his home in Alcester earlier today.

Ernest John Grainger, known as John, was last seen at about 5.15 at his home in Alne Bank Road.

He is 5' 8" tall and of slender build. He wears glasses and is thought to have a single walking crutch with him. He was probably wearing a brown, woolly jacket and a flat cap.

Police officers have searched the area with dogs and the force helicopter but so far there is no sign of him.

One of three missing teenage girls found

One of three "vulnerable" teenage girls who went missing from the Alcester area has been found.

Fourteen-year-old Jenny Mitchell was discovered in the Cardiff area overnight and is now being cared for there.

She was reported missing in the early hours of Friday morning along with 16-year-old Naomi Smallwood and Sophie Hands, 15.

Warwickshire Police say they are still concerned for the welfare of the other two girls and are "working hard" to find them.

They were last spotted in the Small Heath area of Birmingham.

Police release pictures of missing 16-year-old

Detectives investigating the disappearance of three teenage girls from Alcester in Warwickshire have released pictures of the eldest of the trio.

Naomi Smallwood, aged 16, was reported missing in the early hours of Friday morning and has not been seen since.

Naomi Smallwood, who has been missing from Alcester since Friday Credit: Warwickshire Police

She is believed to be with two others from the same area - Sophie Hands, 15 and Jenny Mitchell, 14.

Police have described them as "vulnerable" due to their age.

Descriptions released of missing teenage girls

Descriptions of three missing teenage girls have been released by police.

Naomi Smallwood, aged 16, Sophie Hands, 15 and Jenny Mitchell, 14, were reported missing from the Alcester area of Warwickshire in the early hours of Friday.

Naomi is around 5ft 7ins and slim, with blonde hair dyed pink. She was last seen wearing a purple tracksuit.

Sophie is 5ft 6ins and slim, with long pink hair shaved on one side. She was wearing jeans and a body warmer.

And Jenny is 5ft 8ins with blonde hair coloured with pink and orange dye, also shaved on one side. She was wearing a pink tracksuit.

All three girls are white and may have connections in Birmingham, Cardiff and Manchester.

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Hunt for missing teenage girls launched

A manhunt for three "vulnerable" teenage girls who went missing from the Alcester area has been launched by police.

Naomi Smallwood, aged 16, Sophie Hands, 15, and 14-year-old Jenny Mitchell were reported missing shortly after 1.30am on Friday and have not been seen since.

The three girls have contacts in Birmingham, Manchester and Cardiff.

Warwickshire Police say all three girls are considered "vulnerable" due to their age.

Cancer patient denied treatment, full report

A terminally ill man says he feels like he's been asked to plan his funeral after being told the NHS would not fund his treatment.

Adrian Ashby from Alcester in Warwickshire needs targeted radiotherapy costing £50,000, but the primary care trust has refused to pay for it.

His friends and neighbours are now trying to raise the money.

Kate Fisher reports.

Hospital statement following cancer patient being denied £50k treatment

The Arden Cluster, which consists of Primary Care Trusts NHS Warwickshire and NHS Coventry, has issued a statement after a patient suffering with cancer has been denied treatment because it costs £50,000.

I understand that this is a difficult time for Mr Ashby. Whilst I am unable to comment on an individual patient, we have a clear process in place for treatments that are not routinely commissioned to be considered as an Individual Funding Request (IFR).

– Martin Lee, Medical Director at the Arden Cluster

An IFR is a process that involves a panel of clinicians that look in detail at a patient's case and whether the circumstances are exceptional such that funding should be provided for the particular treatment.

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