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Friday 25 July 2014

Fugitive caught naked in panic room

One of Britains most wanted fugitives Mark Lilley has been caught hiding naked in a panic room at his luxury Spanish villa.   Convicted drug trafficker Lilley went on the run in 2000 when he skipped bail during his trial. But he was finally arrested when police launched a dawn raid on his home in Malaga on Saturday.  Photo Soca/PA Wire
One of Britains most wanted fugitives Mark Lilley has been caught hiding naked in a panic room at his luxury Spanish villa. Convicted drug trafficker Lilley went on the run in 2000 when he skipped bail during his trial. But he was finally arrested when police launched a dawn raid on his home in Malaga on Saturday. Photo Soca/PA Wire
One of Britains most wanted fugitives Mark Lilley has been caught hiding naked in a panic room at his luxury Spanish villa.   Convicted drug trafficker Lilley went on the run in 2000 when he skipped bail during his trial. But he was finally arrested when police launched a dawn raid on his home in Malaga on Saturday.  Photo Soca/PA Wire
One of Britains most wanted fugitives Mark Lilley has been caught hiding naked in a panic room at his luxury Spanish villa. Convicted drug trafficker Lilley went on the run in 2000 when he skipped bail during his trial. But he was finally arrested when police launched a dawn raid on his home in Malaga on Saturday. Photo Soca/PA Wire
One of Britains most wanted fugitives Mark Lilley has been caught hiding naked in a panic room at his luxury Spanish villa.   Convicted drug trafficker Lilley went on the run in 2000 when he skipped bail during his trial. But he was finally arrested when police launched a dawn raid on his home in Malaga on Saturday.  Photo Soca/PA Wire
One of Britains most wanted fugitives Mark Lilley has been caught hiding naked in a panic room at his luxury Spanish villa. Convicted drug trafficker Lilley went on the run in 2000 when he skipped bail during his trial. But he was finally arrested when police launched a dawn raid on his home in Malaga on Saturday. Photo Soca/PA Wire

One of Britain's most wanted fugitives has been caught hiding naked in a panic room at his luxury Spanish villa, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) said.

Convicted drug trafficker Mark Lilley went on the run in 2000 when he skipped bail during his trial. But he was finally arrested when police launched a dawn raid on his home in Malaga on Saturday.

Footage of the operation shows armed officers climbing over a gate before running to Lilley's front door and smashing their way in with a battering ram.

The fugitive is then filmed being handcuffed with a strip of cloth wrapped around the lower half of his body. Tattoos covering large parts of his head, chest, arms and back are visible.

A police helicopter hovered above the villa in the Alhurin de la Torre area during the raid.

Lilley, 41, from Warrington, Cheshire, was found wearing no clothes and hiding in a panic room concealed behind a wardrobe in his bedroom, which featured a four-poster bed.

The joint Spanish National Police and Soca operation involved more than 40 armed officers.

After going on the run, Lilley was sentenced to 23 years in jail in his absence for masterminding a large-scale drug operation and firearm offences.

Dave Allen, head of the Fugitives Unit at Soca, said: "Lilley was a dangerous man with access to firearms. He had evaded capture for a long time by moving around Spain and using false identities. Now he's behind bars where he belongs and extradition proceedings are under way. My message for other fugitives on the run is a simple one - we will hunt you down and you will face justice for your crimes."

Roger Critchell, director of operations at Crimestoppers, said: "We are extremely relieved that this dangerous drug dealer has been arrested and will be made to face justice. This latest capture brings the total number of suspects located as part of Operation Captura to 51 out of 65."

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