Hereford & Worcester

Alan Giles: Police plea for absconded murderer to return

Alan John Giles
Image caption Alan John Giles was jailed in 1997

Detectives hunting for a convicted killer who absconded from prison have issued an appeal to hand himself in.

Alan John Giles absconded from HMP Hewell, near Redditch, on Monday.

The 56-year-old, formerly of Oldbury in the West Midlands, was serving two life sentences for murdering and kidnapping a 16-year-old boy in 1995.

At a press conference, Chief Insp Paul Judge said they had received information which "gave us concern for Giles's state of mind".

Mr Judge said Giles was checked at 06:00 GMT on Monday but had gone when he was checked again at 11:00.

He said police believed he could be in Redditch in Worcestershire, or in the Alcester area of south Warwickshire.

'Harm himself'

"We are urging the public to help us find Alan Giles as soon as possible," he said.

Mr Judge said they were unsure what Giles's intentions were or "the danger he poses".

He added: "There is the potential he could cause harm to himself. That is one hypothesis we are looking at."

Giles was jailed at Birmingham Crown Court in 1997 for murdering 16-year-old Kevin Ricketts in 1995.

The former labourer killed the teenager in an apparent revenge attack after his victim's elder sister ended their relationship.

Kevin is believed to have been abducted while en route to classes at South Birmingham College in January 1995, shortly after leaving his home.

Giles would have been eligible for parole next year.

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