British fugitive snared in the Costa del Sol

Spanish police have released video footage of one of Britain's most wanted fugitives being arrested in Malaga.

41-year-old Mark Lilley skipped bail in the UK but was sentenced in his absence to 24 years in prison in 2000 for drug trafficking.

Police used ladders to climb over the tall main gate of Lilley's villa before forcing their way inside. They found the fugitive in a hideout behind a wardrobe.

Lilley had a computer where he controlled the security cameras monitoring the grounds of the villa. A police statement said that Lilley's dogs alerted him to the police operation.

Officers said Lilley's appearance had "changed considerably" and that he had become an expert in vale tudo, a Brazilian martial art.

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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.