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TV Advert Van Brought In To Aid Search For Missing Prisoner

Detectives hunting for missing prisoner Alan Giles are this morning continuing to follow-up on possible sightings of the 56-year-old across the South Warwickshire area.

Although police are very pleased with the public’s response to their appeals for help to find Giles, who left HMP Hewell on Monday morning (28 October), to ensure that as many people as possible know about the search, detectives leading the investigation have today sent a large TV Advertisement Van out onto the streets of South Warwickshire.

Detectives are using this TV Ad Van to help with their search for Alan Giles todayDisplayed on the large TV screen – which is around 10 metres wide - on the back of the Ad Van is a photo of Giles and all the information the public need to know about him and what they should do if they see him.

The van will be driving around the streets of Alcester, Inkberrow, Studley and Wixford throughout the course of the day in the hope that someone who may have vital information about Giles’ whereabouts sees the appeal and calls the police.

Aside from the use of the Ad Van, the search for Giles is carrying on at pace and officers are visiting caravan sites and making further house to house inquiries in their attempts to locate him.  

Specialist search teams, including dogs and the police helicopter, continue to be used in the man hunt.

Detective Inspector Leighton Harding said:

“We are very grateful to the public for their help so far with our investigation and are continuing to follow-up on a number sightings of Giles in the South Warwickshire area that have been reported to us.

“We believe the Ad Van may help us reach people who have not picked up our previous media appeals and hopefully one of these people will call in with the vital information that leads to Giles’ return to prison.

“If anyone spots Giles we would ask that they call us immediately so that we can respond to the call straight away – any delay in contacting us, even if it’s just to take a little time to get home, may mean we lose the opportunity to capture Giles if it is actually him who has been spotted.

“Please do not approach him, call us on 999 or 101 as soon as possible.

“I’d like to remind people that Giles is a white man, 5ft 9inches tall, with short grey hair and blue eyes. He has a tattoo of an eagle on his back and other tattoos of a flower, shark and swallow on his left arm.

“When he left prison he was wearing a grey Rockport sweater, blue jeans and white Asics trainers. 

“We still believe Giles could be sleeping rough in woodland or farm buildings and we would appeal to dogwalkers, farmers, gamekeepers and others to keep their eyes peeled and stay alert”.   

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.  

Anyone who has information for police on Giles’ whereabouts should call CID at Redditch on 999 or 101.          

Issued: Saturday 2 November, 2013

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