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:
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.
A woman from North Yorkshire who gave birth to her first baby in Spain twenty years ago, believes her child was stolen to order.
The country's baby trafficking scandal is thought to involve many thousands of babies and there have been public demonstrations in Spanish cities by parents who are convinced that corrupt doctors, nurses and nuns stole newborns to sell for adoption to wealthy couples.
Ruth Appleby, from Catterick, was told that her daughter Rebecca died soon after birth, but she has since uncovered evidence and now believes that Rebecca was in fact stolen.
She spoke to our correspondent, Rachel Bullock.
You can watch the full report on that story below.
A mother from North Yorkshire who gave birth to her first child in Spain 20 years ago fears she may have been a victim of a baby trafficking scandal. Ruth Appleby was told her daughter Rebecca died in hospital just hours after she was born.
But now she believes her baby was one of thousands suspected to have been sold for adoption by corrupt medical staff. She spoke to our correspondent, Rachel Bullock
Ruth Appleby believes the baby she was told had died in a Spanish hospital may have been sold for adoption by a criminal networkRead the full story ›
A North Yorkshire mother fears she may be a victim of a Spanish baby trafficking scandal.
Ruth Appleby was told her daughter Rebecca died in a Spanish hospital just hours after she was born - but now she believes her baby was stolen and sold for adoption by a criminal network of Spanish doctors, nurses, priests and nuns. More to follow.