Spanish police nab British murder suspect

26th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

Police in Spain's southern Costa del Sol have arrested one of Britain's most wanted fugitives, who is suspected of a drive-by shooting, after a four-year manhunt, they said Thursday.

Police identified the 61-year-old suspect only by his initials J.W.T. but the British press named him as James Tomkins.

He was arrested on Wednesday outside his home in the jet-set resort of Marbella.

"After noticing the police, he tried to escape by jumping over a fence at the rear of the property" but was finally caught, a police statement said.

He is the subject of a European arrest warrant over a drive-by shooting murder in Britain in 2006.

Tomkins was on a list posted by British crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers of wanted British criminals suspected to be hiding out in Spain.

British media have long dubbed the resorts that dot the Costa del Sol on Spain's southern coast the "Costa del Crime" because of the number of fugitives known to have taken up residency there.

© 2010 AFP

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