One of Britain's most wanted criminals held in Spain

A man who was among Britain's most wanted criminals has been arrested in Spain. David Mather, 57, from Manchester, was captured during a joint operation with the Spanish National Police on Friday morning, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

David Mather who has been arrested while on the run in Spain Credit: NCA/PA Wire

Armed officers swooped while he was travelling in a car through La Linea close to the border with Gibraltar.

Mather was convicted in his absence in January 2013 of conspiracy to import heroin and was sentenced to 18 years. Extradition proceedings are now under way.

Mather featured in the Operation Captura "unlucky 13" campaign which is a scheme to trace criminals who are thought to have fled to Spain.