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One of Britain's most wanted conmen spotted in Geneva

Mark Acklom is one of Britain's most wanted. Photo: Avon and Somerset Police

One of Britain's most wanted criminals who conned a Somerset woman out of £850,000 has been spotted.

Authorities are investigating a possible sighting of suspected fraudster Mark Acklom was apparently photographed in Geneva while police were searching for him in Spain.

He is wanted by Avon and Somerset Police in connection with the romancing of a divorcee and allegedly fleecing her of £850,000 in life savings.

The 43-year-old is said to have left his alleged victim financially and emotionally devastated after promising to marry her. Carolyn Woods told ITV's This Morning back in October 2016 that "the only reason I'm still here is because of my daughters."

Carolyn Woods says Mr Acklom stole £850,000 from her. Credit: This Morning

She alleges that Mr Acklom posed as an MI6 agent and conned her into "lending" him her savings.

Last year a European Arrest Warrant was issued for Acklom and he was believed to be at large in Spain.

We are aware of a possible sighting of Mark Acklom in Geneva. The NCA is working closely with the Swiss authorities and our other international partners to locate him. If anyone has information on his whereabouts they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously or their local police.

– National Crime Agency
Mark Acklom was believed to be in Spain but has now been spotted in Geneva. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman confirmed that:

We've received a report of a sighting of wanted man Mark Acklom in Switzerland which we are actively investigating. The sighting was in Geneva on Wednesday 10 May. We're working closely with the Swiss authorities and the National Crime Agency and our absolute priority is to locate and arrest Acklom in connection with a high-value fraud.

– Avon and Somerset Police

Mark Acklom is wanted under a European Arrest Warrant and described as:

  • 43 years old
  • 5ft 10in tall
  • medium build
  • dark brown hair and green eyes

Avon and Somerset detectives are urging anyone who sees him to call the police immediately.