Thursday 31 October 2013 Updated: 01/11 11:21
DETECTIVES are following up possible sightings of missing murderer Alan Giles.
Police say they are pleased with the public's response to their appeals to find the 56-year-old who went missing from HMP Hewell on Monday morning (October 28).
At least one of the possible sightings put Giles in the village of Inkberrow and officers visited the area last night and are continuing to search there. Police previously said they believed Giles may be in Alcester, possibly sleeping rough in woodland.
Today (Friday) officers are also visiting caravan sites and making further house-to-house enquiries to locate Giles, who was was serving two life sentences - a total of 19 years - for the murder and kidnap of 16-year-old Quinton student Kevin Ricketts in 1995.
Det ICh Insp Paul Judge said: "We would like to thank the public for their help so far with our investigation. We have had several sightings of Giles in the South Warwickshire area reported to us and we are following up that information.
"It is vital that if anyone spots Giles they do not approach him but call us on 999 or 101 as soon as possible. He is a white man, 5ft 9 inches tall, with short grey hair and blue eyes. He has a tattoo of an eagle on his back and other tattoos of a flower, shark and swallow on his left arm.
"When Giles left prison he was wearing a grey Rockport sweater, blue jeans and white Asics trainers.
"Giles could be sleeping rough in woodland or farm buildings and we would appeal to dogwalkers, farmers, gamekeepers and others to keep their eyes peeled and stay alert."
It is another setback for the Tardebigge based prison following the escape of John Anslow in January 2012 from a security van while being escorted to court.
Security concerns were also raised about the closed part of HMP Hewell earlier this year as well as criticism it was dirty, dangerous and drug ridden by HM Inspectorate of Prisons.
Redditch MP Karen Lumley is set to meet with the prison governor today (Friday).
She said: "I've worked closely with the open side of the prison on several projects - there's some good work going on.
"We've obviously got a problem but it is an open prison and by its nature people go in and out on their own. There will need to be an investigation and while I don't know what happened here I want some assurances from the prison governor."
A Prison Service spokesman said the number of absconds from prison in 2012/13 was the second lowest since records began and people were rigorously risk assessed before being deemed suitable to be put in an open prison.
"Anyone who does abscond will be returned to a closed prison and may face further criminal charges."
Anyone who has information for police on Giles’ whereabouts should call CID at Redditch on 999 or 101.
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