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Drug dealer John Anslow found not guilty of murder

John Anslow Credit: Staffordshire Police

A prisoner who at one point was considered Britain's most wanted man has been found not guilty of the murder of a father who was shot in his bed.

John Anslow, 33, from Tipton, was cleared by a jury at Woolwich Crown Court of arranging the murder of Richard Deakin, 27, in Chasetown, Staffordshire.

Richard Deakin was shot in his bed at his home Credit: Staffordshire Police

It can now be revealed that Anslow is currently in prison for a number of offences including conspiring to escape from prison and the supplying of drugs.

The gunman, David Harrison, and the driver of the getaway car, Darryl Dickens, were jailed for life for a minimum of 37 and 30 years respectively for the murder of Mr. Deakins.

David Harrison is serving life in prison for the murder of Richard Deakins Credit: Staffordshire Police
Darryl Dickens is serving life in prison for murder Credit: Staffordshire Police

Anslow, who denied involvement in the murder, had been on the run for more than a year after escaping from a prison van in Worcestershire in January 2012.

He was eventually arrested in Northern Cyprus in March 2013 for immigration offences and deported back to the UK.

Detective Chief Inspector Darren Harding, who led the murder investigation, said: “We accept the decision returned by the jury today which follows a very lengthy investigation into the tragic murder of Burntwood man Richard Deakin, 27, in July 2010.

“We are very disappointed by the result but we cannot lose sight of the fact that Anslow is already serving a significant prison sentence"

Woman charged with assisting John Anslow's escape

A woman has been charged in connection with the John Anslow prison escort van escape.

Samantha Glover, aged 27 of Parkes Lane, Tipton, is due to appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court later today.

She is the twelfth person to be charged by West Mercia officers with conspiring to assist with the escape from lawful custody of Anslow in January 2012.

Anslow had been at large since escaping from a prison escort van near HMP Hewell, Redditch, where he was being held after being charged with the murder of Richard Deakin in Chasetown, Staffordshire, in July 2010. He was returned from Northern Cyprus to the UK in March.

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Missing prisoner John Anslow arrested

Missing prisoner John Anslow arrested Credit: Police

Missing prisoner John Anslow has been arrested in Northern Cyprus and returned to custody.

The 32-year-old, from the Tipton area, had been at large since he escaped from a prison escort van near HMP Hewell in Worcestershire in January 2012.

He was arrested in the Alancak area of Northern Cyprus for immigration offences on Wednesday 13 March and deported by the Turkish Cypriot authorities.

Anslow was then arrested at Heathrow Airport this morning. He's been transferred to a high-security prison and will appear via video link at Stafford Crown Court on Monday 18 March.

In the past three weeks, nine men have been arrested and charged by West Mercia Police in connection with Anslow's escape.