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Wanted Briton arrested in Spain

Andrew Snelgrove
Andrew Snelgrove is accused of attempted murder

A British man wanted by police for an attempted murder carried out a decade ago, has been arrested in Spain.

Andrew Snelgrove, born in Lewisham, south London, was one of 10 suspects named last year as the UK's "most wanted" on the run on the Costa Blanca.

His arrest in Malaga made him the sixth from Crimestoppers' list to have been detained on suspicion of such crimes as rape, drug smuggling and fraud.

The charity said the public played a key role in the campaign's success.

British Ambassador to Spain, Denise Holt, called the latest arrest "a remarkable achievement".

Information given to Crimestoppers - which also has a freephone Spanish telephone line - can help locate suspects so that arrests can be carried out by the Spanish police.

Mr Snelgrove, 45, is accused of attempted murder, wounding with intent and possession of a firearm in 1999.

He was named by Crimestoppers, which compiled its list with the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca), as being among several suspects subject to a European Arrest Warrant.

However, when they named them last November, Soca said some were realising Spain was no longer the sanctuary it had been and were turning their attention to other destinations such as Dubai.

Soca international director David Armond said: "Public assistance can be vital to law enforcement.

"We encourage everyone to support the Crimestoppers campaigns like Operation Captura which has been so effective in locating UK fugitives trying to hide out in Spain."



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