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Arrested in Alsancak: British man wanted for murder in UK

18 March 2013

A British man wanted for murder in the UK was arrested in Alsancak on Wednesday.

John Anslow, 32, from Tipton in the West Midlands, escaped from a prison van near HMP Hewell in Worcestershire while on his way to court in January last year.

Anslow is charged with murdering Richard Deakin in Staffordshire in 2010.

He was arrested in the Alsancak area of North Cyprus on Wednesday and deported by the Turkish Cypriot authorities.

Staffordshire Police said Mr Anslow was arrested at Heathrow Airport earlier on his return to the UK.

He has been transferred to a high-security prison and will appear via video link at Stafford Crown Court on Monday for failing to appear at court last January.

Nine men appeared at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday in connection with his escape.

Another wanted UK criminal, drug trafficker Martin Evans,  is still hiding out in the TRNC. His last whereabouts were thought to be Lapta.

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