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Van to broadcast British fugitives' faces

The 18 men sought by Operation Captura. Photo: National Crime Agency/Crimestoppers

A van bearing the faces of some of Britain's most wanted fugitives will be driven around parts of Spain popular with expats in a bid to bring the suspects to justice.

The vehicle will carry a 13-foot high digital screen broadcasting the faces of 18 men sought in connection with alleged crimes including rape, drug trafficking and murder.

It will tour areas with large British populations such as Benidorm, Malaga and Puerto Banus, where it is thought some of the suspects could be hiding.

The campaign is part of Operation Captura, a joint venture between authorities from the two countries which targets British fugitives thought to be hiding out in the Spanish Costas.

So far the programme has seen 68 of 86 wanted fugitives captured, and police say the latest steps will show those remaining that they have "nowhere to hide".

Roger Critchell, director of operations at Crimestoppers, added that the unprecedented move should encourage people with information to come forward - adding that those who do won't need to give personal details, give a statement or go to court.

Many of these fugitives are currently living a life of leisure funded by serious crime. They cannot be allowed to hide forever, they must be brought to justice. Do the right thing and help us find them."

– Roger Critchell, Crimestoppers director of operations

The suspects

Top row left to right: Daniel Dugic, Allan James Foster also known as Shaun Michael Wilkinson, Robert Mortby, Scott Hughes, Simon Dutton and Derek McGraw Ferguson

Middle row left to right: Daniel Bowes, Shahsi Dhar Sahnan, Carlo Dawson, Mohammed Jahangir Alam, Kevin Thomas Parle and Anthony Dennis

Bottom row left to right: John Barton, Michael Roden, Paul Buchanan, Christopher Guest More, David McDermott and Fatah Benlaredj