Giles, who was sleeping rough, had left prison while serving two life sentences for the 1995 kidnap and murder of 16-year-old Quinton student Kevin Ricketts.

Following his escape from HMP Hewell a manhunt was launched with up to 50 officers working on the investigation at any one time.

While Giles was on the run, police received more than 100 potential sightings from members of the public.

Detective Inspector Stephen Tonks of West Mercia Police said: “During the nine days or so that Giles was missing there was a great deal of concern in the community, particularly in North Worcestershire where the prison is and in Warwickshire where most of the sightings were.

“We are extremely grateful to members of the public who rang in with sightings and for the hard work and commitment of the officers from West Mercia, Warwickshire and neighbouring forces.

“In particular praise needs to go to the two officers who caught Giles and this case is an excellent example of the valued contribution that Specials make.

“An off-duty police officer who cycled in from home to join the search after a member of the public knocked on his door also deserves to be singled out for his dedication to duty.”

Giles, formerly from Oldbury, admitted escaping from lawful custody and was sentenced on Thursday 16th January at Worcester Crown Court.

Initially jailed in 1997, he would have been eligible for consideration for parole this year.