By Tristan Harris 25/04 Updated: 26/04 13:08
ESCAPED fugitive John Anslow who was sprung from a prison van in Tardebigge on January 23 was the first to be featured in a most-wanted 'rogues gallery' launched by West Midlands Police.
Anslow, who is from Tipton, was on remand at HMP Hewell after being charged with the murder of Richard Deakin in Chasetown, Staffordshire, in July 2010. Four other men have also been charged with murder.
Anslow was en route to a court appearance from the jail when the prison van he was in was ambushed in Hewell Lane.
After being sprung, Anslow was driven off at speed in a VW Scirroco, before he, and the others involved in the ambush, switched to a silver Mercedes in Stoney Lane, Bromsgrove.
The 'most wanted' section of the West Midlands Police website can be found at www.west-midlands.police.uk/wanted
It will also be featured on billboard posters where smartphone users will be able to get straight to the 'rogues gallery' by scanning using a QR code reader to scan a code.
West Midlands Police's Assistant Chief Constable Garry Forsyth said: "There is already lots of work going on behind the scenes to locate these individuals with raids and search warrants already being executed as part of this latest police push – but we're hoping to speed up the arrest process by asking for the public's support to identify wanted people."
This week, Det Supt Wayne Jones, from Staffordshire Police, who is leading the investigation into John Anslow's disappearance confirmed to The Standard the search was ongoing with a dedicated team of detectives following numerous leads.
He said there had been around 100 calls into the incident room.
"These have offered information that Anslow may be in various places in the UK, including the West Midlands, or abroad, such as Spain. Some of these calls have included possible sightings of Anslow - none of which, so far, have been confirmed."
He added the force was determined to catch Anslow and was working closely with West Mercia Police on the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the escape.
A reward of £10,000 remains on offer for anyone who provides information leading to Anslow’s arrest and return to prison.
Anyone with any information should call 01785 232503 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
A man remains on bail in relation to the incident.
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