By Harriet Ernstsons Sunday 03 November 2013 Updated: 03/11 07:30
A VAN featuring an image of missing prisoner Alan Giles has been driven around the streets of South Warwickshire in a bid to find him.
Police sent out the television advertisement van to Alcester, Inkberrow, Studley and Wixsford yesterday (Saturday) with a photo and all the information the public need to know in the hope someone may have seen the HMP Hewell prisoner, who absconded on Monday.
There have been possible sightings of the 56-year-old, who was serving two life sentences for murder and kidnap, and officers are visiting caravan sites and making further house to house enquiries to try and find him. Specialist search teams, including dogs and the police helicopter, are also being used.
Det Insp Leighton Harding said: "We are very grateful to the public for their help so far with our investigation and are continuing to follow up on a number sightings of Giles in the South Warwickshire area that have been reported to us.
"We believe the ad van may help us reach people who have not picked up our previous media appeals and hopefully one of these people will call in with the vital information that leads to Giles’ return to prison.
"If anyone spots Giles we would ask that they call us immediately so that we can respond to the call straight away – any delay in contacting us, even if it’s just to take a little time to get home, may mean we lose the opportunity to capture Giles if it is actually him who has been spotted.
"Please do not approach him, call us on 999 or 101 as soon as possible.
"We still believe 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."
Giles is white, 5ft 9in 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 he left prison he was wearing a grey Rockport sweater, blue jeans and white Asics trainers.
Anyone with any information should call 999 or 101.
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