The ten fugitives thought to be in Spain in a poster issued by Crimestoppers. SUR
Since Crimestoppers launched their Operation Captura campaign in 2006, now only ten fugitives remain at large. The aim of the campaign was to draw attention in Spain to people wanted by British law enforcement agencies for serious crimes. The fugitives were all thought to be on the run in this country and areas with large communities of British expatriates, such as the Costa del Sol, are considered to be potential hide-outs.
Over the years 65 names have been added to the Operation Captura wanted list. Of them 53 have been arrested and two have been removed from the list leaving ten still at large. Among them, say Crimestoppers, are some of the UK’s most dangerous individuals.
The most recent arrest within Operation Captura was Darren Kevin O’Flaherty, who was detained in North Wales in August whilst celebrating his birthday in a Chinese restaurant.
Other recent high profile arrests include that of Mark Lilley, one of Britain’s most wanted fugitives, found hiding in a panic room when officers raided a luxury villa in Alhaurín in July.
Roger Critchell, Director of Operations at Crimestoppers, said: “With the arrest of O’Flaherty we are down to the final ten remaining fugitives left on the run from our Operation Captura campaign. The success of these appeals means that they won’t be out there for long.
“The recent arrests we have seen have proven again that the cooperation between UK and Spanish law enforcement, SOCA and the public is essential in this fight against crime. It is thanks to them that we only have ten criminals left on this list.
“If you call us, no-one will ever know you who you are and you will not go to court. Contact us on 0800 555 111 or through our website www.crimestoppers-uk.org.”
Dave Allen, Head of the Fugitives Unit at SOCA, said: “The exceptional level of collaboration between Spanish and UK law enforcement authorities has resulted in 17 fugitives being arrested since April, including a number of Operation Captura targets, which is a remarkable result. The final ten on our list, who may well still be hiding out in Spain, should also expect to be brought before the UK courts.”