British holidaymakers urged to look out for UK's most wanted 'Costa del Crime' fugitives

Joe Gamp
Contributor, Yahoo News UK
Just 11 fugitives remain out of a list of 96 wanted criminals hiding in Europe (PA)

British holidaymakers are being urged to be on the lookout for Britain’s most wanted fugitives, including suspected murderers, sex offenders and drug traffickers.

Around 84 alleged criminals have already been caught across Europe during a campaign dubbed “Operation Captura”.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) and Crimestoppers are asking for help in catching 11 remaining “Costa del Crime” fugitives who still remain at large.

Christopher Guest More Jr was arrested in Malta on suspicion of murder (PA)

Those already arrested include Christopher Guest More Jr, 41, who is accused of the brutal killing of a father at a remote Cheshire farmhouse.

More Jnr was arrested in Malta in July - 16 years after Brian Waters, 44, was tortured and beaten to death in front of his two adult children at Burnt House Farm in Tabley, near Knutsford.

Also included in the remaining fugitives is Kevin “Hemp” Parle, 39, who is wanted over the Liverpool murders of 16-year-old Liam Kelly, who was shot in 2004, and 22-year-old mother-of-three Lucy Hargreaves, who was killed in 2015.

Kevin Parle, 39, from Liverpool, is wanted for the murders of 16-year-old Liam Kelly, who was shot in 2004, and 22-year-old mother-of-three Lucy Hargreaves (PA)

The most wanted list also includes Allan Foster, 43, from South Shields, who is suspected of the murder of David Rice in a car park in 2006.

Fatah Benlaredj, 42, from Manchester, is wanted over the 2007 rape of a seven-year-old girl.

And Sarah Panitzke, 45, from Fulford, York, is accused of laundering around £1 billion for a crime group involved in tax fraud and has been on the run since 2013.

All of the fugitives are said to have links to Spain - but investigators believe the wanted individuals have moved around the continent under false identities.

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NCA International Crime Bureau spokesperson Andy Cooke-Welling said: “Operation Captura has been a resounding success.

“But we are still hunting the remaining fugitives on our list and will not stop.

“We urge holidaymakers and expats in Spain and elsewhere across Europe to keep their eyes and ears open this summer.

“There may also be people in the UK with vital information on their whereabouts, and we would urge them to get in touch. Having the public’s attention focused on them makes it so much harder to hide.”

John Barton, 63, from Nottingham, who was sentenced to 20 years in his absence in 2003 for conspiring to import heroin (PA)

The other remaining fugitives include:

John Barton, 63, from Nottingham, who was sentenced to 20 years in his absence in 2003 for conspiring to import heroin.

Shashi Dhar Sahnan, 61, from Leicester, accused of importing heroin into the UK.

Derek McGraw Ferguson, 56, from Glasgow, wanted in connection with the murder of Thomas Cameron in 2007.

Daniel Dugic, 38, from Serbia, who is suspected of importing cocaine with a street value of £53 million into the UK.

Jonathon Kelly, 38, from Glasgow, who is wanted on recall to prison for assaults including one in which he paralysed his victim with a machete.

Dominic McInally, 28, from Liverpool, who is the alleged leader of a drugs gang that expected to bank £1.25 million every month.

Mark Quinn, 55, also from Liverpool, who is wanted for his alleged involvement in distributing amphetamine worth £11 million.

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