British cop killer caught in Netherlands

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20 November 2007, LONDON - A British man who has been on the run since 1994 after being convicted of killing a policeman has been recaptured in the Netherlands, British media reported Monday.

20 November 2007

LONDON - A British man who has been on the run since 1994 after being convicted of killing a policeman has been recaptured in the Netherlands, British media reported Monday.

James Hurley, 45, was arrested on 9 November by Dutch police investigating a suspected drugs factory in The Hague.

Hurley was serving a life term in Britain for killing an off-duty policeman during a bungled security bank raid in Hemel Hempstead, near London, in 1988.

But he escaped during a jail transfer in London in 1994 by holding a knife to the throat of the driver of the prison van, in what was one of the most dramatic prisoner escapes of recent years.

After the police raid in The Hague, Dutch police cross-checked Hurley's identity and contacted Scotland Yard, the reports said.

Scotland Yard did not give an indication Monday as to when Hurley would be returned to Britain.

[Copyright dpa 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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