A child rapist who sparked an international manhunt after fleeing his trial has been arrested in Canada.
George Galloway, 43, of Pinero Grove, Hartlepool, Teesside, was found guilty in his absence in May 2006 of raping a 10-year-old girl.
The cable layer, who went on the run two days before the trial, was arrested by Royal Canadian Mounted Police in a town 50 miles north of Toronto.
Cleveland Police said he would now be extradited back to the UK.
All police forces throughout North America were alerted to the hunt after Interpol tracked his movements to New York and then into Canada.
Canadian Mounties, together with other law enforcement agencies, were called to an address in the small town of Pefferlaw, Ontario, on 12 April, where he was arrested for immigration violation.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that George Galloway has been arrested in Canada.
"He will be extradited to the UK under immigration procedures but it is not known when this will take place."
Galloway, who was also found guilty of four counts of indecent assault, is yet to be sentenced.