November 7, 2008 / 2:38 PM / 11 years ago

Two of UK's "most-wanted" Spanish fugitives held

LONDON (Reuters) - Spanish police have arrested two of the 10 “most-wanted” British criminal suspects hiding in southern Spain a day after an appeal for information about their whereabouts was launched, Crimestoppers said on Friday.

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

The charity and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) issued details on Thursday of 10 suspects who they believed were on the run in the Alicante region.

Within 24 hours, two of those on the wanted list, Anthony Kearney and Donna McCafferty, who are both accused of fraud, had been apprehended.

“Two arrests so quickly is an amazing result for law enforcement and the Crimestoppers charity,” said Mick Laurie, Crimestoppers’ chief executive.

He said the public response had been “fantastic” and that they had already been able to pass 50 “valuable” pieces of information over to the police.

The crime enforcers had hoped that British ex-pats in Spain would recognise the suspects identified in their Operation Captura 2 and had urged people to call Crimestoppers anonymously with information.

“This works. I am delighted with the speed with which the Spanish authorities have acted, and the phenomenal response from the public,” said Denise Holt, the British ambassador to Spain.

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.

The remaining 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 who is 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 Michael Holden; Editing by Steve Addison

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