SIX men have been charged today with conspiracy to assist in the escape of prisoner John Anslow in January last year.

The men, aged 47, 41, 25, 28, 23, and 20, were arrested yesterday, along with a seventh man who has been released on police bail.

Officers made the arrests at addresses in Redditch, Dudley and Birmingham.

John Anslow escaped from a prison escort van near HMP Hewell Redditch and remains at large.

The six men will appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court tomorrow.