Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 26 October 2014

'Most wanted' arrested in Spain

A British fugitive and one of the UK's most wanted men has been arrested in Spain, the Foreign Office says

A British fugitive and one of the UK's most wanted men has been arrested on Spain's Costa del Sol.

Suspected drug dealer Stephen Pitman was held by local police in Malaga.

Pitman, of Chislehurst, south-east London, was among a list of 10 fugitives thought to be on the run in the region, often dubbed the "Costa del Crime".

He is accused of seven offences of conspiracy to supply a class A drug and faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment if convicted.

He is also accused of another seven offences relating to the supply of a class B drug, for which the maximum jail term is 14 years.

A note on the website for the British Embassy in Spain lists his distinctive features as: "scar on brow; scar on right finger".

Pitman's details were posted by Crimestoppers on a "most wanted" website targeting the Spanish region last year.

The Serious Organised Crime Agency and Spanish police authorities were also involved in the move, codenamed Operation Captura.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We can confirm the arrest of a British national in Malaga on October 25.

"We have offered consular assistance and cannot comment further as this is an ongoing legal process."

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