Salford man arrested in Barcelona on suspicion of conspiring to murder two men

Jamie Rothwell

A British man has been arrested in Barcelona on suspicion of conspiring to murder two men in the UK.

Working with the National Crime Agency (NCA) and Greater Manchester Police (GMP), Spanish National Police officers arrested Jamie Rothwell, 33, at an apartment block on Sunday morning.

Rothwell, from Salford, Greater Manchester, was wanted by Greater Manchester Police and a European Arrest Warrant had been issued in October 2019.

He was wanted for allegedly conspiring to murder two men and also for two counts of conspiring to commit grievous bodily harm.

NCA investigators and the agency’s international liaison officers in Spain traced Rothwell, and Spanish partners executed the arrest.

Rothwell appeared in a Spanish court on Monday and was remanded. He will reappear at court to face extradition proceedings at a date to be confirmed.

Matt Horne, NCA deputy director of investigations, said:

The arrest of a fugitive over exceptionally serious allegations is a great result.

Matt Horne, NCA

Detective Chief Inspector Carl Jones, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said:

This arrest is part of Greater Manchester Police’s ongoing investigation in to a dispute between two rival organised crime groups in Salford in 2015.

Detective Chief Inspector Carl Jones