Detectives hunting for on-the-run murderer Alan Giles today said they had been inundated with calls from the public, as they step up the search for the escaped prisoner.
A helicopter has been drafted in to help look for the 56-year-old, who absconded from HMP Hewell on Monday.
Specialist search teams, including dogs, are being used in the manhunt, while officers are also making door to door inquiries.
Positive sightings of Giles, who has links to Oldbury, have been reported in the Inkberrow area of Worcestershire.
Det Ch Insp Paul Judge said: “We have had a really positive response in terms of sightings from the public and we still believe he is in the surrounding areas around Alcester. We have had a very strong sighting in Inkberrow so he doesn’t seem to be leaving that general area.”