Escaped Prisoner John Anslow – Suit And Car Appeal


John Anslow

Officers searching for prisoner John Anslow have issued an identical image of the prison suit he was wearing in a bid for more witnesses to come forward.

They are also able to release more details of the car he escaped in and the route it took.

Anslow (31) escaped from a prison escort van close to HMP Hewell Grange, in Tardebigge, near Bromsgrove, three weeks ago today – Monday, 23 January, at 8.20am.

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 on or since 23 January.

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 and give more details about the route it took. They have also issued an image of a similar Mercedes car.

The silver Mercedes

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 Friday 20 and Monday 23 January – in the Tardebigge area or surrounding localities including Alvechurch, Blackwell and Barnt Green.

Anslow, who is from the Tipton area, was charged before his escape with the murder of Richard Deakin in Chasetown, Staffordshire, in July 2010.  Four other men have also been charged with murder.

Clothing similar to that worn by escaped prisoner John AnslowDet 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.”

Three men who were wearing balaclavas, two of whom were carrying sledgehammers, smashed the windscreen and driver’s window of the GEO Amey prison escort van on Monday 23 January.

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.