The highly successful anti-crime campaign, Operation Captura, has been hunting down the UK's most-wanted criminals who have fled to Spain.
The operation is run jointly by the UK crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers
, together with the Serious Organized Crime Agency
(SOCA). Operation Captura identifies individuals on the run in Spain who are wanted for serious crimes committed in the UK.
So far, so good, as 53 of the 65 most-wanted individuals have, indeed, been tracked down and arrested since the operation was launched in 2006. Those criminals are now doing time for their crimes, which range from sex crimes to drug trafficking to murder.
The latest arrest was in August, when they tracked down Darren Kevin O'Flaherty, who was wanted for the 2010 murder of a Dublin holidaymaker, John O'Neill in Spain, along with several other crimes.
reported in July on another recent, high-profile arrest, of Mark Alan Lilley, one of the UK's most wanted fugitives. Lilley was found hiding in a panic room in his luxury villa in the Alhaurín de la Torre area of Málaga.
In May this year, Operation Captura made their 50th arrest, that of Andrew Moran
for an aggravated robbery that took place 8 years ago.
The UK is now hoping that expats living in Spain can help track down the remaining criminals on the list (pictured below). More detail of each criminal can be viewed on the Crimestoppers website here
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."
"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 crimestoppers-uk.org."