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Benidorm Police capture four fugitives on the run

National Police officers from Benidorm have detained four fugitives on the run from their home countries, in separate operations, since the beginning of last month.

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A Norwegian man, aged 55, was arrested in l’Alfas del Pi, when the officers, working in conjunction with colleagues from the fugitive division, received information that the suspect was living in the Playa del Albir area of the town.

A European arrest warrant, which now includes Scandinavian countries, had been issued in November last year, by Norwegian police authorities, anxious to speak to him on charges of sexual exploitation of minors and child pornography for allegedly abusing his daughter under 10 years of age in the period between 2008 and 2019.

The fugitive, who was arrested as he walked along the street, had apparently lived in the area for the last six months and now faces trial back in Norway, with a maximum sentence of 21 years in jail ahead of him, if found guilty.

In a second incident, the same units collaborated to arrest a thirty-two year old man on the run from the UK, wanted in connection with crimes of drug trafficking and money laundering.

The fugitive was identified, after checking into accommodation at the four-star Hotel Voramar, overlooking Benidorm’s famous Parqued’Elche, Dove Park.

Once the officers entered his room, the suspect escaped over the balcony, only to be apprehended by a cordon of police waiting outside.

The man will be deported back to the UK to face trial on charges that carry a prison sentence of up to 14 years.

A thirty four year old Romanian national was also arrested in a third operation by the same officers.

Wanted by Italian police for alleged crimes in that country, the team had received information that the fugitive had been hiding out at an address in Benidorm.

The man was allegedly part of a Romanian criminal gang, operating in the city of Torino, suspected of installing cloning devices on ATM machines, in order to steal users card details and now faces a sentence of seven years in prison, if found guilty.

The final arrest was made, by Benidorm response officers, who routinely stopped a car which had jumped a red light in the resort.

One of the car’s occupants, a 40-year-old Polish national, had in force a European Arrest and Surrender Order for crimes of drug trafficking and belonging to a criminal organization and destruction of documents, issued by Polish police, for which he had been sentenced to six years in prison, leaving him to serve three years after having fled the country to take refuge in Benidorm.

All four detainees were placed at the disposal of the National court, for deportation from Spain.

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