Spotlight on Spain in hunt for North West criminals

Five fugitives from the North West, who are thought to be hiding in Spain, are among an "unlucky 13" of most wanted criminals.

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Crimestoppers - "Spain is not a safe haven."

The list was published as part of Operation Captura, a scheme to trace criminals who are thought to have fled to Spain.

Fifty three fugitives have been caught since Captura was launched, and many more linked to other operations.

The most important thing is the power of this campaign to harness the eyes and ears of the public, both here and in Spain.

– Hank Cole, the National Crime Agency

It is the eighth appeal of its kind since Captura was launched in 2006, and so far 53 out of 63 named suspects have been caught.

There are still a number of dangerous criminals who see Spain as a safe haven to hide from their past, but with the support of the Spanish and UK public, we can hunt them out and bring them to justice.

– Lord Ashcroft, the founder of Crimestoppers

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