Spanish police urge UK expats to help find dangerous criminal

Published:  28 Nov at 6 PM
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Expats in Spain are being urged to assist Spanish police in their hunt for a dangerous British criminal at present on the run from three arrest warrants.

Gareth Bryan Edwards has been placed on Spain’s top ten most wanted list for his crimes of robbery with violence and intimidation, and is believed to be hiding out somewhere in Spain’s huge expat community. The fugitive is the subject of an EU arrest warrant and is facing three life sentences for his crimes.

Spanish police are warning expats who may spot Edwards not to approach him but to call the police immediately as he is believed to be armed and in possession of drugs. A Spanish police spokesperson told the media Edwards is considered to be dangerous and should not be challenged by members of the public.

The Spanish most-wanted list’s ten criminals are all violent men, mostly involved in drug-trafficking and Mafia activities. Two are believed to be hiding out in Mallorca, whilst the rest are reported to be on the mainland. Five are Spanish nationals, wanted for various serious crimes such as brutal murder and violent robberies, although one Algerian is wanted for paedophilia involving a five-year old child.

Police are suggesting expats should search social media for clues as to the whereabouts of the ten criminals, as they believe online networks and information sharing can give excellent results. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police by email at fugitivos (at)

Edwards is suspected of hiding out in the Costas, concealing his identity within the large expat and tourism community. Beginning last year, a Spanish National police unit specialising in tracking down international criminals hiding in the country has netted no less than 495 suspects, with 53 wanted for sex attacks and 40 for drug trafficking. In early October, the special force along with officers from the UK’s National Crime Agency arrested a British teacher accused of a number of sex offences after he escaped during his trial.
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