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Prisoner Sentenced For Escape From HMP Hewell

Alan GilesA prisoner who escaped from a North Worcestershire jail was today (Thursday, 16 January) given a further six-month sentence to run alongside the life term he is already serving.

Alan Giles, aged 56, absconded from an open part of HMP Hewell on 28 October last year (2013).

He was arrested in Alcester on 6 November after a massive police search.

Giles, formerly from Oldbury, admitted escaping from lawful custody and was sentenced at Worcester Crown Court.

Giles absconded while serving two life sentences for the 1995 kidnap and murder of 16-year-old Quinton student Kevin Ricketts. He was jailed in 1997.

Following his escape from HMP Hewell a manhunt was launched with up to 50 officers working on the investigation at any one time.

More than 100 potential sightings were received from members of the public, all of which were followed up.

Police closed in on Alcester after several sightings of Giles in that area on 6 November.

Giles tried to flee down an alley but was arrested after two members of the Special Constabulary gave chase.

Detective Inspector Stephen Tonks of West Mercia Police said: “During the nine days or so that Giles was missing there was a great deal of concern in the community, particularly in North Worcestershire where the prison is and in Warwickshire where most of the sightings were.

“We are extremely grateful to members of the public who rang in with sightings and for the hard work and commitment of the officers from West Mercia, Warwickshire and neighbouring forces.

“In particular praise needs to go to the two officers who caught Giles and this case is an excellent example of the valued contribution that Specials make. An off-duty Police Community Support Officer who cycled in from home to join the search after a member of the public knocked on his door also deserves to be singled out for his dedication to duty.”

Giles, who had been living rough while on the run, would have been eligible for consideration for parole this year (2014).


Issued: Thursday, 09 January 2014



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