Monday, 21 February 2011


A new Crimestoppers' campaign targeting UK criminals thought to be hiding in Spain, is being launched in Alicante.
Tip-offs after past Operation Captura announcements have led to 38 out of 50 fugitives being returned to the UK to face trial or complete jail terms.
Anthony Fraser, grandson of ex-London gangster "Mad" Frankie Fraser, is wanted over cannabis smuggling claims.
The Serious Organised Crime Agency will also name nine others including alleged murderers, robbers and a paedophile.
The majority of the 38 caught and returned to the UK in the past to face trial or resume jail sentences - a 76% success rate - were tracked down to the Spanish costas, where the launch later is taking place.
Tip-off strategy
Operation Captura was first launched in 2006 and is widely considered to be the UK's, if not the world's, most successful campaign to target fugitives abroad.
Crimestoppers' Operations director Dave Cording: "I think a lot of the ex-pats living out in Spain see these people, don't like the way they behave, and want to help."
"We've probably had 600 pieces of information. And of all the calls we've had, not once has anyone tried to claim a reward."
At their call centre in the UK, Crimestoppers' phones are staffed 24 hours a day, and interpreters are on hand to assist with any Spanish callers.

: Jamie Dempsey - wanted for allegedly conspiring to supply 299kg of cocaine, with an estimated UK street value in excess of £80million.
:: Derek McGraw Ferguson - aka William Murdoch Henderson - wanted in connection with the murder of Thomas Cameron on 28 June 2007 at the Auchinairn Tavern, Bishopbriggs near Glasgow.
:: Patrick Pious Hancox - wanted for child sex offences.
:: Eriberto Jimenez Melo - convicted in absence to serve 25 years for conspiracy to supply cocaine.
:: Jonathon Lejman/Lehman - wanted for aggravated burglary, during which a man had his face slashed by a knife from ear to mouth and his cheekbone broken.
:: Darren Kevin O’Flaherty - wanted for allegedly kidnapping an HGV driver, holding him at kniefpoint, stealing the cargo and settinng the vehicle on fire.
:: William Thomas Robert Paterson/Patterson - nicknamed Buff or Billy - wanted in connection with the murder of Kevin Carroll, aka McCabe, who was repeatedly shot in the car park of ASDA supermarket, Robroyston, Glasgow.
:: Andrew Mark Spooner - wanted for prosecution following failure to appear at Glasgow High Court for drugs offences.
:: Everardus Wijtvliet - accused of organising the importation of 100kg of a powder containing heroin and 6kg of a powder containing cocaine through Dover docks.DISCLAIMER Text may be subject to copyright.This blog does not claim copyright to any such text. Copyright remains with the original copyright holder

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