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Fugitive Gerrard 'fixer' arrested

28 February 09 18:42 GMT

A "fixer" who absconded from a court in Lincoln last year has been arrested.

John Kinsella, 44, from Liverpool, absconded in April 2008 during a robbery trial at Lincoln Crown Court when the judge granted him bail.

He was found guilty of the robbery from a haulage firm in Grantham and jailed for 14 years in his absence.

During the trial, the jury had been read a letter from footballer Steven Gerrard's father saying Kinsella had stopped a man from terrorising his son.

Lincolnshire Police confirmed Kinsella, of Kirkdale, is in custody, but said they would not be revealing where for security reasons.

Kinsella had been allowed to wander Lincoln Crown Court's grounds during a lunch break at his trial on 17 April and simply walked out into the city.

He was on trial for a March 2006 lorry robbery in Lincolnshire, during which £40,000 worth of goods had been taken.

Paul Gerrard had written a letter for the trial, describing Kinsella's work as a "fixer", who had intervened when Steven Gerrard became a victim of intimidation as a young player.

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