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'Most wanted' Spain arrest

Authorities hunting for 13 of Britain's most wanted criminals have arrested one of their targets. Convicted sex offender Michael McCartney, 78, was detained in Alicante hours after the list of suspects was released.

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British criminals wanted by Spanish police named

Authorities in Spain are due to release an "unlucky 13" list of Britain's most wanted criminals thought to be hiding in the country later today.

The list includes the suspected leader of a £90 million cocaine smuggling ring.

Among those sought by Spanish authorities are several men suspected of dealing cocaine. Credit: ITV news

Ian Stanton, 42, from Liverpool, is accused of being the ringleader of a gang who smuggled more than 400kg of cocaine to the UK hidden in a shipment of Argentinian beef.

He has links to Merseyside - specifically Crosby, Kirkby and Maghull - but also with London, the Netherlands and Spain.

The drugs were found at Tilbury docks in Essex in May, and the shipment was due to be delivered to a cold storage company in Wigan.

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