UK calls on expats to help catch Brit criminals in Spain

Published:  5 Sep at 6 PM
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Operation Captura, set up by the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency and Crimestoppers, is calling on UK ex-pats in Spain to help is catch the last few wanted men.

Of the 65 criminals on the run identified as living abroad since the operation began in 2006, 53 are now serving time in UK prisons. Their crimes, committed in the UK, range from drug trafficking through sex crimes to murder, with several high-profile arrests forming part of the sweep.

The latest arrest in August was of Darren O’Flaherty, accused of murdering an Irish holidaymaker in Spain, and fugitive Mark Lilley was arrested in a Malaga luxury villa in July this year. The sweep’s 50th arrest was in May, when Andrew Moran, wanted for aggravated robbery in 2005, was arrested, also in Spain.

Just ten dangerous criminals remain on the list, with the police and Crimestoppers hoping expats can give clues to where they are hiding. Operation Captura will concentrate its efforts in and around Alicante and Malaga, traditionally destinations for fugitives from British justice.

Crimestoppers’ operations director Rogar Critchell is hoping for a good response from expats in the region, and assures that the personal details of anyone who provides information will be kept confidential. According to Critchell, the final ten can expect to be caught in the very near future.
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