British fugitive caught in Spain

Spanish police have arrested British fugitive Mark Alan Lilley after 13 years on the run. Lilley was sentenced to 24 years in prison in 2000 - in his absence at Bolton Crown Court - for drug trafficking after he skipped bail.

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British fugitive found naked in Spanish panic room

After 13 years evading capture mark Lilley was arrested by Spanish police today after being found naked, hiding in his panic room.

Mark Lilley has been arrested by police in Spain after 13 years on the run. Credit: RTV

The panic room was concealed behind a wardrobe in his bedroom at his Spanish villa.

The joint Spanish National Police and Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) operation involved more than 40 armed officers.

A mugshot of Mark Lilley at the time of his original arrest. Credit: Police handout

Dave Allen, head of the Fugitives Unit at Soca, said: "Lilley was a dangerous man with access to firearms. He had evaded capture for a long time by moving around Spain and using false identities. Now he's behind bars where he belongs and extradition proceedings are under way.

"My message for other fugitives on the run is a simple one - we will hunt you down and you will face justice for your crimes."

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