John Anslow prison van escape: Seventh man charged

John Anslow John Anslow escaped in January last year

A seventh man has been charged over an inmate's escape from a prison van as it travelled to court, police have said.

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 last year.

West Mercia Police said the 51-year-old has been charged with conspiring to assist with an escape from lawful custody.

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

The man is due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Monday, 11 March.

Six other men appeared in court last week charged with the same offence in connection with the escape, following arrests in Redditch, Dudley and Birmingham.

Another man who was also arrested at the time was later released on police bail.

A £10,000 reward is on offer for information leading to the prisoner's detention.

Staffordshire Police has said officers are keeping an open mind about whether he still remains in the UK.

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