'Most wanted' escapes police

One of Britain's most dangerous criminals allegedly injured a police officer after dragging him along by a car as he evaded capture. Brian Thexton, 37, is believed to have been stopped in Lancaster at 9am yesterday.

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Police: 'Fugitive' has shown himself to be dangerous

Following the incident this morning, we have set up a team of officers dedicated to tracking this person down and we are liaising with a number of other forces across England as well as the National Crime Agency.

We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity on Fernham Carr Lane, or perhaps may have seen the vehicle being abandoned to get in touch as soon as possible.

This man has shown himself to be dangerous and to have very little regard for his actions and so we would ask the public to be vigilant and not to approach him but report any sightings to the police immediately - any details the public may have could be crucial.

– Detective Inspector Bev Foster

People with information can contact police by calling 101, alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

'Most wanted' fugitive escapes police after sighting

One of Britain's most dangerous criminals allegedly injured a police officer after dragging him along by a car as he evaded capture.

Brian Thexton is believed to have been spotted in Lancaster yesterday.

Brian Thexton, 37, was listed as one of the "unlucky 13" criminals who were thought to be hiding in Spain but wanted in Britain for serious crimes.

However, Thexton, who is wanted over alleged robberies, is believed to have been stopped in Lancaster at 9am yesterday, police said.

An officer pulled a white Vauxhall Insignia over and reached into the vehicle to remove the keys from the ignition when the car was driven away, trapping his arm and dragging him down the road for a short distance.

The police officer managed to release his arm before the car mounted a kerb and narrowly missed pedestrians.

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