Six charged over John Anslow van escape

John Anslow
Image caption Police believe John Anslow escaped in a Volkswagen car

Six men have been charged over the escape of an inmate from a prison van that was ambushed on its way to court.

John Anslow, who was on remand accused of murdering a man in Staffordshire in 2010, was freed by masked men near HMP Hewell in Worcestershire in January 2012.

The 32-year-old, from Tipton, has been on the run since.

The charged men, aged between 20 and 47, are due to appear before Birmingham magistrates on Friday.

They are all charged with conspiracy to assist in the escape.

A £10,000 reward is on offer for information leading to the prisoner's arrest. Staffordshire Police has said officers are keeping an open mind about whether he still remains in the UK.

He was charged in connection with the murder of Richard Deakin in Chasetown in July 2010.

Seven men were arrested at addresses in Redditch, Dudley and Birmingham on Wednesday.

The seventh man has since been released on police bail.

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