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Missing Prisoner John Anslow Arrested In Cyprus
A prisoner who had been missing since he escaped from a police escort van in January 2012 has been arrested in Northern Cyprus.
John Anslow, 32, had been wanted by police since he absconded near HMP Hewell in Worcestershire while on his way to court.
He is accused of the murder of 27-year-old businessman Richard Deakin in Chasetown, Staffordshire, in July 2010.
Anslow, from Tipton, West Midlands, was arrested on Wednesday in Alancak in Northern Cyprus for immigration offences and deported by the Turkish Cypriot authorities.
He was then arrested at Heathrow Airport on Saturday morning and has been transferred to a high-security prison.
He will appear via video link at Stafford Crown Court on Monday for failing to appear at court in January 2012.
In the past three weeks, nine men have been arrested and charged by West Mercia Police in connection with Anslow's escape.
what do you think?
How on earth did he get out of the country
my thoughts exactly
The same way that illegals enter the country,our boarders are as secure as a piggy bank.
my thoughta exactly
UK Border Control working well then!!!!!!
just goes to show how good security is at airports both here and abroad being as he was able to leave the country
Note that Northern Cyprus is Muslim territory.
Ok, so it sounds a bit far fetched that he escaped a police van in the first place. These freak occurrences do happen, I suppose. But then - how the hell did he leave the country?! Cripes, the airport people took my lip balm from me before even getting anywhere near the plane, so how does a whole human crim get himself on a flight?! Oh, actually, it could have been a boat or whatever, of course, but still, border officials must have been asleep!
Nicole Claire Armitage
I'm going to suggest that with others being arrested helping him, that he had fake passport and docs to leave with.