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Murder probe after deadly stabbing

A murder investigation is under way after a 21-year-old woman died in hospital after being stabbed.

West Mercia Police said officers had launched an inquiry after the woman was assaulted at an address in Redditch, Worcestershire, yesterday morning.

A force spokesman said: "Detectives from West Mercia Police confirm the investigation into the stabbing of a 21-year-old female in Evesham Road, Redditch, yesterday is now a murder inquiry following the death of the victim this morning."

Police said a 29-year-old man who was arrested at the scene remains in custody.

Trust co-operating with police over patient death probe

Police have launched an investigation into the deaths of a number of patients who were under the care of a consultant surgeon while he was working in Worcestershire in 2012.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has released the following statement:

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is co-operating fully with the police on their investigation into one of its colorectal surgeons, Mr Sudip Sarker.

The Trust would like to reassure patients and their relatives that as soon as it became aware there was a potential problem the Trust acted swiftly and responsibly to protect its patients.

It alerted the Royal College of Surgeons in July 2012 and asked them to review his clinical practice. While the review was on-going the Trust put restrictions on the surgeon’s practice. He was excluded from the Trust in October 2012.

An expert multidisciplinary team has reviewed the medical records of all his patients who had undergone a major operation (eg for bowel cancer). Patients we were concerned about were recalled for further assessment and appropriate investigations.

A separate review of all patients who had any contact with Mr Sarker (outpatient appointments or minor procedures) is being performed by a team of specialist external surgeons. Patients in this group who require further assessment/ investigation are also being invited back to the hospital.

– Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust


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Surgeon investigated over Worcestershire patient deaths

West Mercia Police have described the case as a 'complex matter'. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Police have confirmed they have launched an investigation into the deaths of a number of patients cared for by consultant surgeon Sudip Sarker, while he was working in Worcestershire.

Mr Sarker was employed by the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

North Worcestershire Superintendent Kevin Purcell said the investigation began after officers received a letter in December last year.

He said: “We were made aware that there were a number of concerns in relation to the deaths of patients in 2012 who had been under Mr Sarker’s care.

"We are in the early stages of obtaining the relevant information from hospitals and other health organisations in order to conduct our investigation.

“We cannot be specific about numbers at this time but can confirm that the deaths of three patients whose joint inquest was adjourned in December (2013) form part of this inquiry.

"The families of those people have been informed and updated on the situation."

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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.


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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