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Photo of South Shields murder suspect to be displayed on screens and driven round Spain

A 13ft digital screen broadcasting photos of fugitives. Credit: NCA

A murder suspect from South Shields is on a list of Britain's 18 most wanted fugitives whose faces are being broadcast at expat hotspots in Spain.

Allan Foster is wanted in connection with the murder of David "Noddy" Rice in May 2006.

Allan Foster is wanted in connection with the murder of David 'Noddy' Rice. Credit: NCA

The 42-year-old was shot 9 times as he sat in his car in Marsden Bay Car Park in South Shields.

The van will tour popular ex-pat spots in Spain. Credit: NCA

A 13ft high digital screen, attached to the back of a van, is touring popular ex-pat spots, including Benidorm, Malaga and Puerto Banus. It will be parked outside supermarkets, bars and clubs.

The National Crime Agency hope that by putting the photos in plain sight, it will help to flush out the fugitives.

It's the latest push by the charity Crimestoppers and the National Crime Agency to capture the remaining 18 fugitives wanted as part of Operation Captura. Sixty-eight of 86 have already been found.

Crimestoppers and the NCA aim to capture Britain's 18 most wanted fugitives with the campaign. Credit: NCA

We’ve caught 68 out of 86 fugitives on the Captura list and the rest know we won’t stop until we catch them too.

By taking our campaign directly into Spanish communities where we believe they are living and socialising, their lives will become even more uncomfortable.

We want British expats and locals to help us by being extra eyes and ears and telling us what they know.

These fugitives are wanted for serious crimes. Anyone who is helping them stay on the run, such as girlfriends, wives, family members back home, or criminal associates, should know that assisting them is an offence too.

There may also be people in the UK with vital information on the whereabouts of these fugitives and we would urge them to get in touch.

– Steve Reynolds, NCA Deputy Director

Operation Captura, an initiative between Crimestoppers, the NCA and Spanish authorities, is now in its ninth year.

Most wanted County Durham man may have been sighted in Lancashire

Brian Thexton.

A County Durham man named as one of the country's most wanted, may have been sighted in Lancashire.

Brian Thexton, 37, is wanted by the National Crime Agency. He is accused of being involved in robberies and is awaiting trial for conspiracy to supply cocaine.

He was thought to have been in Spain. But a man believed to be Thexton was stopped by police in Lancaster on Friday, November 15.

Officers say the man escaped by speeding off. The public are being warned not to approach him.


Northumberland man named in list of most wanted

Keith Turner

Keith Turner, 60, from Northumberland, was released on licence in 1993 after serving 20 years in jail for the manslaughter of his mother and sister at their home in Cramlington.

He got a job working for a charity in Slough in 1998, but two years later was arrested on suspicion of issuing himself four cheques worth a total of £10,000. He failed to appear in court to face charges.

Durham man named in list of most wanted

Brian Thexton

Brian Thexton, 37, from Durham, is accused of being involved in robberies where a gang would tie up homeowners and force them to give up alarm codes and safe combinations.

In one the gang impersonated police officers to dupe the victims into opening the door, before brandishing a pick axe handle and a baseball bat.

He is also awaiting trial for conspiracy to supply cocaine, over claims that he was the middleman in the sale of half a kilo of the drug, and had admitted conspiring to steal cars and machinery.

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UK fugitives warned Spain 'is not a safe haven'

Criminals thinking of fleeing to Spain's Costa Del Crime are being warned that Spain is "not a safe haven." The warning comes as British and Spanish authorities issue a joint list of the UK's most wanted criminals thought to be on the run in Spain. Hank Cole from the NCA said:

Spain is not a safe haven. Fifty three fugitives have been caught since Captura was launched, and many more linked to other operations.

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

CCTV: Police appeal in fraud investigation

Images of a man Northumbria Police believe can help with their enquiries. Credit: Northumbria Police

Police have released CCTV images of a man they need to speak to following a fraud incident.

It happened at Singh General Dealers at Rokeby Street in Lemington, when a man handed over four £10 notes as payment for cigarettes and requested a £20 note in return with change.

After leaving the store the owner discovered three of the £10 notes were fraudulent.

Anyone who recognises him is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.