Missing killer Alan Giles: Police probe Stratford sightings

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The search for a convicted killer who absconded from prison has moved to Warwickshire, police have said.

Alan John Giles, 56, who escaped from HMP Hewell, Worcestershire, was serving two life sentences for murdering and kidnapping a 16-year-old boy in 1995.

He absconded from an open part of the prison near Redditch, last Monday.

Det Insp Steve Tonks said: "We have moved our search to the Stratford area following a number of reported sightings."

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He warned people not to approach Giles, who was jailed at Birmingham Crown Court in 1997 for the murder and kidnap of student Kevin Ricketts.

Warwickshire Police said Giles may have been sleeping rough and could be "in a dishevelled state".

Giles is about 5ft 9in (1.75m) with short, grey hair and blue eyes. He also has a tattoo of an eagle on his back and tattoos of a flower, shark and swallow on his left arm.

Police said they are distributing wanted posters in the Stratford-upon-Avon area.

Other sightings of Giles have been reported in Inkberrrow, Worcestershire and in south Warwickshire.

A police van showing an image of Giles on a 10m TV screen toured the areas at the weekend.

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