Friday, 12 May 2023, 12:46
One of the UK’s most wanted fugitives has been arrested in Estepona after nearly seven years on the run.
Mark Francis Roberts, 29, was captured on Wednesday, 10 May and was wanted by Merseyside Police after attacking a man with a knife when he refused to hand over a £60,000 Richard Mille watch in September, 2016 in England.
The victim, who had just parked his car in his home driveway when he was attacked, suffered life-threatening injuries and was treated in a critical care unit for stab wounds, a collapsed lung and many lacerations.
Roberts featured in a Most Wanted campaign run by the National Crime Agency (NCA), Crimestoppers and Spanish police which targeted fugitives with links to Spain and the Canary Islands. He is the eighth fugitive to be arrested from the campaign – six men remain on the run.
Steve Reynolds, NCA regional manager in Spain, said: “Roberts’s arrest came about after a sustained campaign to trace him and some great work by the Guardia Civil.
“This is another excellent result and shows once again that UK law enforcement does not give up on finding those who await justice in the UK.
“Working closely with our colleagues at home and abroad, such as our highly valued Spanish partners, we will continue to hunt those on the run.”
Detective Inspector Katie Coote of Merseyside Police said: “I hope this arrest shows that there is no hiding place for anyone who is evading police.
“Thanks to our ongoing work with National Crime Agency Roberts has been located and is now in police custody.
“These actions with our partners across the UK and beyond are about stopping anyone who could cause fear and harm in our community and we will leave no stone unturned no matter the length of time to find people who are wanted in connection with ongoing investigations or offences.”
Lord Ashcroft, founder and chair of Crimestoppers, said: “I am delighted that another fugitive has finally been caught and will no longer be able to avoid justice. Our Most Wanted campaign with the NCA – supported by the excellent work of Spanish law enforcement – has been an incredible success.
“Should you know the whereabouts of any other Most Wanted fugitives, please contact the charity Crimestoppers on freephone 0800 555 111 or fill out an online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org. You’ll stay 100% anonymous. Always.”
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