man held on suspicion of helping murder suspect John Anslow escape from a prison van is a security guard with links to the Prison Service, according to Sky sources.

Local MP Sajid Javid meets with Justice Secretary Ken Clarke,and the Prisons Minister Crispin Blunt

UPDATE he has now been  released on bail.

man held on suspicion of helping murder suspect John Anslow escape from a prison van is a security guard with links to the Prison Service, according to Sky sources.

Anslow, described by police as “extremely dangerous”, escaped when the vehicle was ambushed by three masked men on Monday.

They smashed windows with sledgehammers and punched the driver, who was taking inmates from Hewell Prison in Redditch, Worcestershire, to Stafford Crown Court.

Anslow is now at the centre of an international manhunt and police are offering a £10,000 reward for information leading to his capture.

Officers have searched properties in the Tipton area of the West Midlands, where Anslow comes from, and so far one man has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Late on Wednesday, police were granted more time to interview the 44-year-old man, who is being held at a Staffordshire Police station.

Meanwhile, officers executed further search warrants at two homes in the Tipton area. Property recovered from these addresses are being examined.

Local MP Sajid Javid meets with Justice Secretary Ken Clarke, and the Prisons Minister Crispin Blunt

BROMSGROVE MP Sajid Javid has met with Justice Secretary Ken Clarke, and the Prisons Minister Crispin Blunt, following the escape of suspected killer John Anslow.

Anslow escaped after the prison van he was being carried in was ambushed in Hewell Lane in Tardebigge, between Redditch and Bromsgrove, on Monday morning.

The 31-year-old, who is from the Tipton area, is one of five men charged with the murder of Richard Deakin, who was shot dead in Chasetown, Staffordshire, in 2010.

He was charged on January 18, and was on his way to Stafford Crown Court when he was sprung.

The MP said: “I met with the Justice Secretary and the Prisons Minister to discuss the ambush in Tardebigge and to convey to them the concerns of my constituents. “I was pleased that they confirmed to me that there would be a comprehensive investigation into this incident and the lessons that can be learned from it.

“I would urge local residents to exercise caution and not to approach the escaped prisoner, John Anslow, under any circumstances.”

Mr Javid added: “I am confident that the police will deal with this matter swiftly, and I will do all that I can to support their efforts.”

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