British fugitive caught in Netherlands: police

10th September 2009, Comments 0 comments

One of Britain's most wanted was found by Dutch police 10 kilometres south of Amsterdam.

Amstelveen -- One of Great Britain's most wanted criminals was arrested in Amstelveen late Tuesday.

"Noel Francis Cunningham, 47, was arrested by Dutch police at about 8 pm last night," a Metropolitan Police spokesman said Wednesday in London.

"Cunningham was unlawfully at large and a European Arrest Warrant had been circulated for his arrest after he escaped from a prison van on June 10, 2003."

The fugitive had been accused of attacking a money truck carrying GBP 1.25 million (EUR 1.42 million).

He escaped from custody when a British police van that was transporting him was ambushed.

The driver of the van was shot in the leg and another guard was assaulted in the ambush, according to BBC News.

Cunningham had been living in the Netherlands under a false identity.

He will appear in a Dutch court on Friday ahead of extradition proceedings, the spokesman said.

Dutch news agency ANP reports relatively many wanted criminals from Great Britain reside in Amsterdam and its surrounding areas, and police in the Dutch capital work closely with British colleagues to find these fugitives.

Radio Netherlands / AFP / Expatica

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