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Wanted fugitive Jamie Acourt arrested in Spain

May 4, 2018

The 41-year-old, from south London, was arrested by armed officers after he left the Metropolitan Sagrada Familia Gym on Friday afternoon.

He had been wanted by the Metropolitan Police since 2016 on suspicion of involvement in a large-scale drugs supply operation, and the force was assisted in the arrest by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and Spanish National Police.

The NCA and the Spanish authorities, in partnership with Crimestoppers, had pursued him through Operation Captura, a joint initiative which has now located 81 of 96 wanted fugitives.

Wanted fugitive Jamie Acourt arrested in SpainWanted fugitive Jamie Acourt arrested in Spain

Acourt was one of the suspects in the murder of Stephen Lawrence but has always maintained his innocence and the charges against him were dropped due to lack of evidence.

Acourt is originally from south London. Pic: NCA
Image:Acourt is suspected of involvement in a drugs supply operation. Pic: NCA

He was was apprehended on a European Arrest Warrant and will appear in a Madrid court next week for an extradition hearing.

Ian Cruxton, Head of International Operations for the NCA, said: “Acourt thought he could evade capture but as a result of an intelligence-led operation his days on the run have ended.

“We were able to direct the Spanish authorities to his location in Barcelona.

“Our ability to share information and work at speed with our international partners ensures there is no safe haven for fugitives. We will never stop pursuing these individuals.”

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