Missing killer Alan Giles found by police in Alcester

Alan Giles
Image caption Alan Giles was jailed at Birmingham Crown Court in 1997

A convicted killer who absconded from prison has been arrested in Warwickshire, police have said.

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

He absconded from an open part of the prison, near Redditch, on 28 October.

West Mercia Police said he was arrested on Wednesday evening after being spotted by a member of the public in the Gunnings Road area of Alcester.

Giles, formerly of Quinton, Birmingham, was jailed at Birmingham Crown Court in 1997 for the murder and kidnap of Kevin Ricketts.

A police van showing an image of Giles on a 10m TV screen toured Warwickshire and Worcestershire at the weekend, and officers distributed wanted posters.

Det Ch Insp Paul Judge said the hunt for Mr Giles "had taken up an enormous amount of our time and resources over the past 10 days".

"As we always suspected, a tip-off from a member of the public was key to us bringing Mr Giles back into custody tonight and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank every single person who has come forward with information to help our investigation."

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