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Description of killer who has escaped from prison

Alan John Giles absconded from prison two days ago
Alan John Giles absconded from prison two days ago Credit: West Mercia Police

Police have released a description of a man serving a double life sentence for murder who has absconded from prison in Redditch.

Alan John Giles, formerly of Oldbury in the West Midlands, absconded from HMP Hewell two days ago.

Giles, who has had recent contact with family in the West Midlands, is described as white, 5ft 9ins, and of proportionate build with short grey hair and blue eyes.

He has tattoos of an eagle on his back and a swallow, shark and flower on his left arm.

It is believed Giles is wearing a grey Rockport sweater, blue jeans and white Asics trainers.


Police appeal to help find escaped prisoner

West Mercia Police are looking for help finding a prisoner who absconded from HMP Hewell yesterday.

We have a dedicated investigation team working expeditiously to locate and apprehend [Alan] Giles and to that end we are also liaising with our colleagues in West Midlands Police and in the Prison Service."

We have information that gives us concern for his welfare and it is important that we trace him as soon as possible."

It should be borne in mind that Giles was in an open part of the prison when he went missing. However we would appeal to anyone who sees him not to approach him but to contact police immediately on 999. Furthermore, we would urge anyone who may be helping him or sheltering him to contact us without delay.”

– Detective Inspector, John Cashion, West Mercia Police

Alan Giles was serving a double life sentence for murder.


Pedestrian killed by lorry on motorway

The M5 had been closed southbound between Junction 5 at Droitwich and Junction 6 at Warndon. Credit: Google Maps

A pedestrian has died after being struck by a lorry on the M5.

West Mercia Police said officers were attempting to establish why the man was on the southbound carriageway of the motorway in Worcestershire.

The victim, whose age is not known, was pronounced dead after the emergency services were called to the scene between Droitwich and Worcester at about 7.40am today.

A Highways Agency spokesman said the motorway had been closed southbound between Junction 5 at Droitwich and Junction 6 at Warndon.

Two arrested after baby abandoned in Worcester

A woman and a man, both in their 30s, were arrested yesterday on suspicion of child neglect, and have been released on bail.

A number of calls had led detectives to the woman.

Baby Joseph was found on a doorstep.
Baby Joseph was found on a doorstep. Credit: PA

The baby, named Joseph by hospital staff, was wrapped in a Hessian bag and left at a doorstep in Lower Wick on 18th July. The baby was only thought to be 24 hours old when he was left.

Since then, Joseph has been cared for by midwives at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, before being passed on to the care of foster parents.

Background: Abandoned newborn baby found


Police trace mother of abandoned Worcester baby

Police believe they have traced the mother of a baby boy who was abandoned on a front doorstep in Worcester in July.

The baby, who was named Joseph by hospital staff, was found outside a house in the Lower Wick area of the city on the early hours of Thursday July 18.

The woman believed to be his mother, and a man in his twenties, were arrested by police yesterday on suspicion of child neglect. They have now been released on bail.


Abandoned baby Joseph 'doing very well'

Baby Joseph was found on a doorstep this morning Credit: PA

Staff caring for an abandoned newborn baby said he is "a lovely little boy" and is "doing very well".

Patti Paine of Worcestershire Royal Hospital said Joseph, who is believed to have been born yesterday, weighs five and a half pounds and is healthy.

Read: Mum of abandoned baby 'may need medical attention'

Mum of abandoned baby 'may need medical attention'

The head of midwifery at a hospital caring for an abandoned baby has urged the boy's mother to seek medical attention.

Patti Paine of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said:

I would like to appeal to Joseph's mother to come forward to us because we believe she may be in need of urgent medical attention.

It's important she's seen by a midwife as soon as possible to get checked over.

– Patti Paine

Baby Joseph found in shopping bag

Baby Joseph is believed to be only 24 hours old. Credit: ITV News

A newborn baby boy abandoned on a doorstep in Worcester was found wearing a baby-grow and lying in a hessian shopping bag.

Little baby Joseph - named by the nurses caring for him - was discovered by homeowners alerted by a ring of their doorbell at 4.30am today.

He is now being cared for by children's nurses at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, who say he is healthy and looks as though he was born to term.

Hospital seeks mother of baby left on doorstep

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which is caring for a baby abandoned this morning in Worcestershire, has made an appeal on Twitter for the newborn's mother to come forward:


A newborn baby boy has been found abandoned in Worcester. We are urging his mother to come forward to @wmerciapolice or @worcsacutenhs

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