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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

Escaped murderer found

A convicted killer, who escaped from prison while serving two life sentences, has been found by police and arrested.

Alan Giles has been arrested after absconding last week. Credit: West Mercia Police

Alan Giles was jailed for life at Birmingham Crown Court in 1997 for the murder and kidnap of 16-year-old student Kevin Ricketts.

The 56-year-old was allowed to leave an "open" section of HMP Hewell near Redditch, Worcestershire, on Monday last week and was arrested this evening after being spotted by a member of the public.

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Police plea to missing child killer

Detectives will spend a fourth day hunting for a convicted child killer who escaped from prison.

Alan Giles left HMP Hewell in Redditch, Worcestershire, on foot at about 11am on Monday.

Alan Giles was jailed for life for the murder of 16-year-old Kevin Ricketts in 1997 Credit: West Mercia Police

West Mercia Police are concerned about the state of mind of Giles, who was jailed for life for the murder of 16-year-old Kevin Ricketts in 1997, and have made a direct appeal for him to hand himself in.

The 56-year-old, 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.

Police appeal to escaped killer to hand himself in

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.

– Chief Inspector Paul Judge, West Mercia Police

Police continue hunt for absconded child killer

A convicted child killer who fled from prison while serving two life sentences for kidnap and murder is being searched for by police.

Alan John Giles fled from an "open" section of HMP Hewell. Credit: West Mercia Police

Alan John Giles absconded from an "open" section of HMP Hewell, near Redditch, Worcestershire, on Monday, West Mercia Police said.

The 56-year-old was jailed in 1997 for murdering 16-year-old Kevin Ricketts in 1995.

At the time of Giles' trial, the body of the victim, a student from Quinton, near Birmingham, had not been found.

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Description of killer who has escaped from prison

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.

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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.

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