Police want expats to help catch wanted criminals
31 October 2006, MALAGA — Police from Spain and Britain began a campaign on Tuesday to catch fugitives hiding on the Costa del Sol, in a bid to end its unwanted reputation as a escape route for criminals.
31 October 2006
MALAGA — Police from Spain and Britain began a campaign on Tuesday to catch fugitives hiding on the Costa del Sol, in a bid to end its unwanted reputation as a escape route for criminals.
Operación Captura will help to disrupt criminal networks which are based near Malaga.
Those sought by police include escaped prisoners, murder suspects, drug traffickers, fraudsters, counterfeiters and robbery suspects.
Police want expats to tip them off through the Crimestoppers charity with any information they think could help.
A hotline and a website have been set-up for expats to contact.
"We’re talking about drug-dealing, criminal gangs, murder, major bank robberies — very large-scale, serious crime,” said Dave Cording, Crimestoppers director of operations.
"It’s about major British criminals who are hiding on the Costa del Sol. In some cases, they are continuing to run their criminal operations in the UK from Spain. That’s the information we’re getting from the police in the UK."
Underworld figures from Britain have long sought refuge on the Costa del Sol, prompting the region's nickname, the Costa del Crime.
But new arrivals from the crime are not simply coming to 'retire', but use this part of Spain as a base.
Famous criminals have included Ronnie Knight, the former husband of actress Barbara Windsor,spent a decade on the run on the Costa before returning to the UK, where he spent seven years in prison.
Other notorious criminals who fled to Spain include Kenneth Noye, who laundered some of the proceeds from the 1983 Brinks Mat gold bullion robbery and killed a man in a road-rage incident on the M25 in 1996.
He was extradited from Spain and is serving life for murder.
Spain became a popular destination for Britons on the run after the collapse of the extradition treaty between the two countries in 1978.
The extradition treaty between Britain and Spain has been active since 1985.
Crimestoppers: www.crimestoppers-org.uk or call 900 555 111. Operators will speak English.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news