The hunt is being stepped up for a County Durham man named as one of Britain's most wanted after he apparently narrowly escaped capture.
Officers thought Brian Thexton had skipped the country for Spain, but they're now convinced he's back in the UK.
Gregg Easteal reports.
The hunt's being stepped up for a County Durham man named as one of Britain's most wanted criminals.
Officers say Brian Thexton has been spotted in the North of England.
Gregg Easteal reports.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.