Police hunt escaped murderer

A man who is serving two life sentences for murder is believed to have escaped from prison in Worcestershire.

Live updates

Police issue new image in hunt for escaped child killer

Alan Giles escaped from HMP Hewell last week Credit: West Mercia Police

Police have released a new photograph of an escaped child killer on the run in the West Midlands.

Alan Giles, 56, absconded from HMP Hewell, Redditch, last week.

He was serving two life sentences for the kidnap and murder of Quinton student Kevin Ricketts, 16, in 1995.

West Mercia Police believe Giles is probably in the south Warwickshire or south Worcestershire areas and may be sleeping rough.

Absconded killer volunteered in Alcester and Leamington Spa

For the past six years, Sue Ryder has successfully been running a Prisoner Volunteer Programme working with risk assessed prisoners, who are eligible to work out in the community. This partnership with the prison service has helped raise vital funds from its shops, whilst supporting the prisoners’ resettlement. We can confirm that Alan Giles was a former volunteer as part of the programme, and that we are supporting the police with their investigation

Mr Giles volunteered in the Alcester shop in June this year, in July he was transferred to our Leamington Spa shop. In August a decision was taken in consultation with the prison to end Mr Giles volunteering with Sue Ryder. All prisoners that volunteer at Sue Ryder have been through a robust and rigorous risk assessment process to ensure the safety of Sue Ryder staff, it's volunteers and shoppers.

– Sue Ryder Spokesperson


TV advert van used in search for missing killer

TV advert van used in search for missing killer Credit: West Mercia Police

Police hunting for missing prisoner Alan Giles are driving a large TV screen around South Warwickshire today, in the hope that someone will recognise his picture.

Giles left HMP Hewell on Monday morning.

Specialist search teams, including dogs and the police helicopter, are also being used in the man hunt.

Giles was at HMP Hewell, near Redditch, serving two life sentences for the kidnap and murder of 16 year old Quinton student Kevin Ricketts in 1995.

Number of 'possible sightings' of escaped killer reported

Police dogs are being used in the hunt for escaped killer Alan Giles after a number of "possible sightings" reported across South Warwickshire.

Detectives investigating the convicted murderer's disappearance from prison say they are searching caravan sites in the area and carrying out house-to-house inquiries in the search.

Officers have confirmed one of the positive sightings was in Inkberrow, and searches are continuing there today.

Det Ch Insp Paul Judge thanked the public for their help and urged people to keep ringing in with any possible sightings.

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.


  1. National

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 release more details in prisoner hunt

West Mercia Police have released more information about Alan John Giles who absconded from HMP Hewell on Monday.

Officers at HMP Hewell had been doing their routine checks at 6am. Alan Giles was in his cell at that time on Monday morning but a further check at 11am that morning revealed that he was no longer in his cell.

It does suggest that he's just walked out as opposed to being a long-standing, pre-planned issue. However we're obviously keeping an open-mind in relation to his true motives.

– Chief Inspector Paul Judge, West Mercia Police

West Mercia police continue to hunt absconder

West Mercia police are continuing their hunt for convicted murderer Alan John Giles who absconded from an open section at HMP Hewell on Monday.

At a press conference this afternoon the police appealed to the public to contact them with any details that can help their investigation.

They went on to warn people that the prisoner may present a danger to the public and that they should not approach the man if they spot him.

We can't underestimate the fact that he was arrested and convicted for kidnap and murder in 1995... We don't know what his intentions are.

– Chief Inspector Paul Judge, West Mercia Police

Regarding their on-going investigations the police stated:

What we don't know for 100% at this time is why he absconded from HMP Hewell on Monday.

– Chief Inspector Paul Judge, West Mercia Police
Load more updates Back to top