Journalism Week 3: News Report

4 11 2013

My Journalism homework last week was to write a news report in 250 words or less. It didn’t have to be groundbreaking, but something from my local area that I could write about in a fact-reporting journalistic style. As it happens, although it wasn’t my scoop, something relatively major did happen in my little town last week…

The manhunt for escaped prisoner Alan Giles continues in the Alcester area as it is revealed he worked at one of the town’s charity shops.

Giles worked at the Sue Ryder shop on Alcester High Street one day a week as part of his rehabilitation programme. He would have been eligible for parole next year.

Now missing for over a week, police have been driving a 20-metre wide TV advertising vehicle around Alcester and the surrounding villages to raise awareness of the campaign to find him.

Giles, 56, is described as 5 ft 9” with grey hair and a scar on his forehead. He has a large tattoo of an eagle on his back, and flower, shark and swallow tattoos on his left arm. He is believed to have been wearing a grey Rockport sweatshirt, blue jeans and Asics trainers.

Giles should not be approached, but anyone who sees him should dial 999 immediately so that police can respond quickly. Dog-walkers, farmers and gamekeepers are particularly asked to be vigilant as police believe he may be sleeping rough in woodlands.

Anyone with other information about Giles’s whereabouts should call 101 and ask to speak to Redditch CID.

Alan Giles absconded from an open section of HMP Hewell near Redditch on October 28. He was serving two life sentences for the kidnap and murder of Kevin Ricketts in 1995. Ricketts, the 16-year old brother of Giles’s former girlfriend, was killed in revenge after the couple’s acrimonious split.

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