UK

Murder Suspect John Anslow Recaptured In Cyprus After Escaping From Prison Van

16/03/2013 16:10 GMT | Updated 16/03/2013 16:14 GMT

A murder suspect who escaped from a prison van more than a year ago was flown back to the UK on Saturday after being arrested in Northern Cyprus.

John Anslow, 32, was being transported to Stafford Crown Court when he escaped from the van near HMP Hewell Grange, in Tardebigge near Bromsgrove, on January 23 last year.

A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said Anslow was arrested for immigration offences in the Alancak area of Northern Cyprus on Wednesday before being deported by the Turkish Cypriot authorities.

He was arrested upon arrival at Heathrow Airport on Saturday before being transferred to a high-security prison.

Anslow is due to appear via video link at Stafford Crown Court on Monday for failing to appear at court.

Anslow, from Tipton, West Midlands, was one of five men charged with the murder of businessman Richard Deakin in Chasetown, Staffordshire, in July 2010.

Police said Mr Deakin's family have been updated about the latest development.

Nine men have been arrested and charged by West Mercia Police in connection with Anslow's escape in the past three weeks, the spokeswoman added.