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'Most wanted' UK fugitive convicted in Spain

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'Most wanted' UK fugitive convicted in Spain
Andrew Moran was arrested in dramatic fashion in May 2013 at a luxury villa in Calpe, Alicante. Image: Spanish National Police
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Andrew Moran, one of the UK's most wanted criminals in hiding, was sentenced to six years and six months in prison by a Madrid court on Wednesday for crimes committed while on the run in Spain.

The 31-year-old Moran was sentenced for drug, firearm and traffic offences committed while in hiding in Spain.

He was finally arrested in May 2013 in dramatic fashion at a luxury villa in Spain's Alicante region.

Footage of Andrew Moran being arrested in May 2013. Video: Spanish National Police.

It was the second time Spanish authorities had tried to convict the man from Salford. In November 2012, he escaped by breaking through a security cordon set up around his flat.

Moran is wanted by UK authorities for conspiracy to commit armed robbery in Lancashire in 2005. He fled the country using a false passport during his trial in 2009 and was convicted in his absence.

But a police spokesperson told BBC in 2013 that Moran "has been involved in much wider organised crime than simply conspiracy to rob".

In November 2013, the Spanish Ministry of Interior, the UK's Crimestoppers and the UK National Crime Agency (NCA) released 13 new photographs of criminals thought to be evading capture in Spain.

Three of those men have now been arrested.

People calling from Spain with information about any of the other men on the list can use a special freephone Spanish 900 555 111 telephone number. This will be answered in the UK by Crimestoppers’ call agents and a translation service is available upon request. 

People can also pass on information anonymously via the Crimestoppers number 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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