Five British fugitives arrested on the Costa del Sol in just three weeks

File photo.
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  • The authorities caught up with two other wanted Brits in Alicante, making seven arrests in Spain since late June

Five out of seven British fugitives arrested in Spain in just three weeks had been located on the Costa del Sol.

The authorities caught up with the wanted Brits as a result of joint operations between the National Crime Agency and the Spanish National Police.

Two were arrested in Estepona, two in Fuengirola and one in Marbella, while the two others were detained in Alicante.

According to the National Crime Agency, the fugitives - all men - are wanted in the UK for various unrelated offences including supplying Class A and B drugs, supplying firearms, causing wounding with intent and conspiracy to rob.

The operations were carried out by the Spanish National Police with support from the NCA’s international liaison officer network, Interpol Manchester and UK police partners.

In late June one suspect, aged 45, was arrested in Estepona. He was wanted by the NCA in connection to a 40-kilo cocaine conspiracy.

In the early hours of 4 July, a 27-year-old man was arrested in Marbella for allegedly causing wounding with intent. He is wanted by Greater Manchester Police.

Another UK national wanted by West Midlands Police, was arrested on 5 July in Fuengirola, southern Spain, on suspicion of cocaine and firearms supply.

On 6 July two brothers aged 37 and 35, also wanted by GMP, for allegedly supplying cocaine were arrested in Alicante.

One of the arrests in Alicante.

One of the arrests in Alicante. / SUR

A day later a 36-year-old man wanted by Merseyside Police was arrested in Estepona for allegedly supplying firearms and Class A and B drugs.

On 12 July, a 26-year-old man wanted by Greater Manchester Police was arrested in Fuengirola in connection to affray with a machete.

The suspects remain in custody awaiting extradition proceedings.

The NCA’s international liaison officers worked with Spanish partners and the Crown Prosecution Service to execute the arrests - some under pre-existing European Arrest Warrants, and some under new Trade and Cooperation Agreement warrants.

Dave Hucker Head of European Operations at the NCA, said: “Seven arrests in just three weeks is the result of some very hard work by the Agency with our Spanish partners – who have allocated critical resources and operated quickly to secure these arrests.

“Fugitives should know that the NCA work hand in glove with international law enforcement partners, and that we therefore have significant reach.

“At home and abroad we will never give up on finding offenders who have fled justice.”