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Wanted: Costa del Crime fugitives

British expats have been urged to help as investigators launched the latest hunt for criminals on the run in Spain, among them a "high-risk" paedophile, a drug trafficker and several alleged murderers.

Lord Ashcroft, founder of Crimestoppers, said: "A small number of suspected criminals see Spain as a safe place to evade law enforcement but, thanks to the confidence the UK, Spanish and expat communities have in Crimestoppers, these individuals will not be able to escape justice for much longer."

Soca and Crimestoppers are appealing for help finding 10 suspects. The first, Dominic Stephen Powell, 48, from Coventry is a high-risk sex offender, wanted in relation to a string of allegations of child abuse attacks and making indecent images. Powell, who has been jailed in the past for paedophile offences, is wanted by South Wales Police.

Simon Dutton, 34, from Bolton is a suspected drug trafficker linked to the importation of cocaine from Spain for sale in north west England - drugs with a street value in excess of £1,600,000 have been seized as part of the operation. Dutton is wanted following a joint operation between Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and Soca.

Andrew Terrence Moran, 29, from Salford, Manchester fled the country in 2009 as he went on trial for carrying out 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.

Kirk Bradley, 26, and Tony Downes, 25, both from Liverpool, escaped a prison van in Manchester en route to a trial at Liverpool Crown Court for conspiracy to possess firearms to endanger life and conspiracy to damage property with intent to endanger life. They are both wanted by Merseyside Police and said to be "dangerous and violent".

Derek McGraw Ferguson - also known as William Murdoch Henderson - 47, from Glasgow, is wanted over the murder of Thomas Cameron in 2007 at the Auchinairn Tavern, Bishopbriggs, near Glasgow. Ferguson has a string of distinguishing marks including tattoos of an arrow and a dagger and a chunk missing in his left ear - Strathclyde Police say he is considered dangerous.

It is alleged that Allan James Foster - also known as Shaun Michael Wilkinson - 39, from South Shields murdered David "Noddy" Rice in Marsden Bay car park in May 2006. Meanwhile William "Buff" Thomas Robert Paterson, 32, from Glasgow is wanted over the murder of Kevin Carroll, who was repeatedly shot in the car park of an Asda supermarket in Robroyston, Glasgow. He too is said to be considered dangerous and violent.

Kevin Thomas Parle, 31, from Liverpool is wanted in connection with the murders of 16-year-old Liam Kelly in Liverpool in 2004 and Lucy Hargreaves the following year - Ms Hargreaves was shot then set on fire. Also wanted is Christopher Guest More, 34, from Cheshire, who was part of a gang who killed a man who refused to hand over cash after they travelled to a remote farmhouse in Cheshire. He is also wanted for the attempted murder of a second man and for the false imprisonment and assault of other victims present during the incident.

Callers from Spain can contact a special freephone Spanish 900 555 111 telephone number which will be answered in the UK by Crimestoppers call agents. Information can also be passed on anonymously via the Crimestoppers number 0800 555 111.


From Belfast Telegraph