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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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'Costa Del Crime' list unveiled this morning

A list of 13 British criminals wanted in Spain will be unveiled under a joint operation by Crimestoppers, the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) and Spanish police, in the eighth appeal of its kind run under Operation Captura.

The initiative, targeting criminals thought to have fled to Spain, was launched in 2006 and so far has seen 53 out of 63 suspects caught. Founder of Crimestoppers Lord Ashcroft said:

Despite our success so far, there are still a number of dangerous criminals who see Spain as a safe haven to hide from their past. But with the support of the Spanish and UK public, we can hunt them out and bring them to justice.

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