Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Fugitive arrested in Spain over UK robbery

Andrew Moran
Andrew Moran

One of Britain's most wanted fugitives has been arrested in Spain.

Andrew Moran (31) from Salford, Greater Manchester, was arrested in the resort of Calpe in Alicante, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) said.

Moran (right) fled the country in 2009 after he vaulted the dock in a Burnley courtroom as he went on trial over a £25,000 armed robbery of Royal Mail guards.

He was convicted in his absence for the 'cash in transit' theft in 2005 in Colne, Lancashire.

Soca said Moran was captured in a raid at a luxury villa in the Costa Blanca on Friday.

An elite team of armed officers swooped on the robber while he was relaxing by a swimming pool.

Soca's North West Regional Organised Crime Unit worked alongside the Spanish National Police on the raid.

They recovered two handguns, 60 rounds of ammunition and a machete at the property.

Extradition proceedings are under way and Moran will be appearing at a court in Madrid today.

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