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Prison suit image released in hunt for man accused of Chasetown murder

Police searching for an escaped prisoner accused of murdering a Burntwood man have issued an image of the prison suit he was wearing.

More details have also been released about the car 31-year-old John Anslow got away in and the route it took.

The prison outfit John Anslow was wearing when he escaped

The prison outfit John Anslow was wearing when he escaped

He is one of five men accused of shooting dead Richard Deakin in his Meadway Street home. He was travelling to court in a prison escort van close to HMP Hewell Grange, near Bromsgrove, on January 23 when three men threatened staff before escaping with Anslow.

A £10,000 reward has been offered for information that leads to his arrest and return to prison.

Anslow was wearing a bright blue and yellow prison suit when he escaped, which may have been discarded.

The offenders used a silver VW Scirocco – registration BT59 NXC – before abandoning it and switching to a silver Mercedes. Detectives are also now able to confirm that the Mercedes was a grey C63 AMG Estate.

After the prison van was attacked, the Mercedes travelled north along the B4096 Hewell Lane onto Alcester Road to the M42 Junction 1 island. It then carried on the B4096 on the Old Birmingham Road towards the Lickey Hills, travelled down Rose Hill and turned left into Lickey Road in Cofton Hackett.

Officers want to speak to anyone who saw the Mercedes or any other suspicious vehicles or activity in the days before the crime – particularly between January 20 and 23 – in the Tardebigge area or surrounding localities including Alvechurch, Blackwell and Barnt Green.

Det Supt Wayne Jones, from Staffordshire Police, said: “We’re determined to catch Anslow and a dedicated team of detectives are following several lines of inquiry.

“A substantial reward of £10,000 remains on offer for anyone who can give us information that leads to Anslow’s arrest and return to prison.

“We’ve had over 100 calls from across the country so far and are continuing to liaise with other forces and agencies nationwide. Our officers are working closely with colleagues at West Mercia and West Midlands police forces.

“We’re particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw the Mercedes on Monday 23 January or any suspicious activity in the areas surrounding the prison during the weekend before.

“We’re also need to talk to people who may’ve seen Anslow in the distinctive prison suit – or the discarded suit itself after the incident.

“All calls to police will be treated in the strictest confidence. Anyone with information should ring on 01785 232503. Alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”

A 44-year-old man who was arrested on 23 January on suspicion of assisting an offender remains on police bail.

Anyone who sees Anslow, who is considered to be very dangerous, should not approach him but should dial 999 immediately.

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