By Harriet Ernstsons Tuesday 29 October 2013 Updated: 29/10 17:10
A PRISONER serving two life sentences for murder and kidnap has absconded from HMP Hewell.
Alan John Giles, formerly from Oldbury, was in the open part of the prison but disappeared on Monday (October 28).
The 56-year-old had been imprisoned for the murder and kidnap of 16-year-old Quinton student Kevin Ricketts in 1995.
He is white, 5ft 9in and of proportionate build with short grey hair and blue eyes. He has a scar on the right of his forehead and another small one by his left eye, as well as tattoos of an eagle on his back and a swallow, shark and flower on his left arm.
He was believed to be wearing a grey Rockport sweater, blue jeans and white Asics trainers when he went missing.
Det Insp John Cashion of West Mercia Police said: "We have a dedicated investigation team working expeditiously to locate and apprehend Giles and to that end we are also liaising with our colleagues in West Midlands Police and in the Prison Service.
"We have information that gives us concern for his welfare and it is important that we trace him as soon as possible.
"It should be borne in mind that Giles was in an open part of the prison when he went missing. However we would appeal to anyone who sees him not to approach him but to contact police immediately on 999.
"Furthermore, we would urge anyone who may be helping him or sheltering him to contact us without delay."
Giles has had recent contact with family in the West Midlands and most of his friends live in the area.
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