Friday 25 May 2018

'Most wanted' British fugitive arrested outside gym in Barcelona

Handout photo taken from the Twitter page of the National Crime Agency @NCA_UK of Jamie Acourt, one of Britain's most wanted fugitives who has been captured by armed officers in Barcelona. @NCA_UK/Twitter/PA Wire
Handout photo taken from the Twitter page of the National Crime Agency @NCA_UK of Jamie Acourt, one of Britain's most wanted fugitives who has been captured by armed officers in Barcelona. @NCA_UK/Twitter/PA Wire
Undated family handout file photo of Jamie Acourt, 40, one of Britain's most wanted fugitives, has been captured in Barcelona, the National Crime Agency has said. Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
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One of Britain's most wanted fugitives has been captured by armed officers in Barcelona.

Jamie Acourt was detained after he left the Metropolitan Sagrada Familia Gym on Friday, the National Crime Agency said.

The 41-year-old, from south London, is wanted by the Metropolitan Police over his alleged involvement in the large-scale supply of drugs.

Acourt, who was apprehended on a European Arrest Warrant, will appear in court in Madrid next week for an extradition hearing.

Ian Cruxton, head of international operations for the NCA, said: "Acourt thought he could evade capture but as a result of an intelligence-led operation his days on the run have ended.

"We were able to direct the Spanish authorities to his location in Barcelona.

"Our ability to share information and work at speed with our international partners ensures there is no safe haven for fugitives. We will never stop pursuing these individuals."

Acourt was the 81st fugitive to be located out of 96 in Operation Captura - a joint initiative by the NCA, Crimestoppers and the Spanish authorities.

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