November 6, 2008 / 10:58 AM / 11 years ago

Police hunt British fugitives in Spain

Images of 10 fugitives believed to be hiding on Spain sought by British crime enforcers, released by charity Crimestoppers and the Serious Organised Crime Agency on Thursday. Top row, L-R: Andrew Alderman, Dean Rice, Andrew Snelgrove, Thomas Cochran, Adam Hart; bottom row, L-R: Shahsi Sahnan, Dennis Hunter, Donna McCafferty, Anthony Kearney, Alan Gordon. REUTERS/Crimestoppers

LONDON (Reuters) - British crime fighters issued details on Thursday of 10 “most-wanted” criminals believed to be hiding in Spain.

The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and charity Crimestoppers said the suspects were wanted for offences including murder, drug trafficking and kidnap.

They were thought to be on the run in the Alicante region in southeast Spain.

The crime enforcers hope British ex-pats in Spain will recognise the suspects identified in Operation Captura 2 and urged the public to call Crimestoppers anonymously with any information.

A previous online campaign run with the British Embassy in Madrid and the Spanish authorities resulted in 13 arrests out of a wanted list of 30 fugitives.

“This is an innovative partnership which is proving to be very successful, and is delivering a simple message to criminals — you won’t escape to the sun, we will find you and bring you back,” said SOCA Director General Bill Hughes.

The wanted fugitives include Andrew Alderman, 49, convicted for the rape of a schoolgirl, and Andrew Snelgrove, 45, wanted for attempted murder.

The others are convicted kidnapper Dean Rice; Thomas Cochran, Adam Hart, Shashi Sahnan, and Alan Gordon, all wanted for drugs offences; and Dennis Hunter, Donna McCafferty and Anthony Kearney, all wanted for fraud.

Full details of the suspects can be seen on the Most Wanted section of the Crimestoppers website, www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Reporting by Tim Castle; Editing by Steve Addison

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