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Missing murderer could be in Alcester
12:23pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in Local
POLICE hunting for missing murderer Alan Giles believe he could be in the Alcester area.
The 56-year-old man, who absconded from HMP Hewell on Monday morning, was serving two life sentences for the kidnap and murder of 16-year-old Quinton student Kevin Ricketts in 1995.
The number of officers in Alcester has now been increased and police are using specialist search officers and dogs to try to locate him.
Detectives believe Giles could be sleeping rough, possibly in woodland, and are appealing to dog walkers, farmers and other local people to look out for him and to call police as soon as possible if they spot him.
Police are concentrating their efforts on Alcester, although Giles has friends and family in other parts of the West Midlands.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Judge said: “We are urging the public to help us by staying alert and calling us if they think they have seen Alan Giles. He could be sleeping rough and may be using barns or other outbuildings to shelter.
“Giles should not be approached and is described as a white man, 5ft 9 inches tall, with short grey hair and blue eyes. He has a scar on the right of his forehead and a tattoo of an eagle on his back. He also has tattoos of a swallow, shark and flower on his left arm.
“He is believed to be wearing a grey Rockport sweater, blue jeans and white Asics trainers. He may be on foot and could also be using public transport.
“We are carrying out extensive searches to find Giles and we are leaving no stone unturned in our investigation.
“We would like to reassure the Alcester community and other people living nearby that there are a number of officers out and about in the area and we are doing all we can to get Alan Giles back in custody as soon as possible.”
The motive for Giles leaving the prison, near Redditch, is not clear but detectives are concerned about his state of mind.
Det Chief Insp Judge also warned that anyone harbouring Giles could be committing a crime and face serious consequences.
Anyone with information about Giles’ whereabouts should call 101 and ask for Redditch CID. In an emergency always call 999.
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