A SUSPECTED paedophile and one of the Britain’s most wanted fugitives hiding in Spain has been arrested in a late-night raid on the Costa del Sol.
Matthew Sammon was named on Thursday as one of the UK’s top ten most wanted fugitives thought to be hiding in the country and arrested just hours later following a tip-off from an expat resident.
Police swooped on the 45-year-old’s campervan in Fuengirola as he returned from walking his dog and have taken the soft-spoken south-Londoner to Alhaurin de la Torre prison for fingerprint checks and eventual extradition.
Sammon has been wanted for more than two years on charges of possessing indecent images of children. Authorities were tipped off by his former boss, a plasterer from Blackpool, who recognised Sammon’s face on the Operation Captura list published on Thursday.
National Crime Agency director Steve Reynolds has praised the early success.
“It’s absolutely fantastic that within hours of launching the appeal we have already made an arrest.
“We know that fugitives try to hide among expats living in Spain, so that’s why we have tried very hard to get their faces out there.
“Thanks to the expat community for tipping us off, this is the reason we run these campaigns.”