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John Anslow prison van escape: Seventh man in court

  • 11 March 2013
  • From the section England
John Anslow
Image caption Police believe John Anslow escaped in a Volkswagen car

A man has appeared in court charged with aiding an inmate's escape from a prison van.

John Anslow, who was on remand accused of murdering a man in Staffordshire in 2010, was freed by masked men near Hewell prison in January last year.

Stuart Reid, 51, from Church Lane, Eastern Green, in Coventry, is charged with conspiring to assist with an escape from lawful custody.

He was remanded in custody in Birmingham on Monday.

He is due to appear at the city's crown court on Friday.

Mr Anslow, from Tipton in the West Midlands, has been on the run since his escape.

Six other men appeared in court earlier this month accused with the same offence following arrests in Redditch, Dudley and Birmingham.

Staffordshire Police has said officers are keeping an open mind about whether he still remains in the UK.

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