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UK fugitive Muldoon arrested by police in Amsterdam

James Muldoon
Muldoon faces extradition to the UK

One of the UK's most wanted criminals has been arrested by Dutch police.

Armed robber James Muldoon, 30, of Liverpool, was caught at a flat in the Amstelveen suburb of Amsterdam.

The Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) said Muldoon was caught after a tip-off a few weeks after his name appeared on a most wanted list.

Muldoon, who stole £41,000 from a lorry depot in Lincolnshire, escaped during his trial in 2007 and was sentenced to 13 years in prison in his absence.

Operation Captura

He faces extradition to the UK to serve his sentence.

His name was released by Soca in March as one of six wanted criminals thought to be in hiding in the Netherlands.

Fugitives are attracted to the area because it is English-speaking with established, and partially-legalised, drug and prostitution networks.

A joint initiative between Soca and Dutch authorities aims to catch UK fugitives hiding from the law in Amsterdam.

A similar Crimestoppers campaign in Spain - Operation Captura - has successfully led to the return of 31 of the 50 most wanted fugitives hiding out on the Spanish Costas.

The other five men wanted for serious crimes committed in Britain, including drug smuggling, selling weapons, robbery, manslaughter and rape, remain on the run.

The five remaining "most wanted men" are killer Brian Bradshaw, robber Brian Waite, suspected drug smugglers Dion Lee and Edward Morton and rapist Rezgar Zengana.

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