British fugitive, 22, wanted over ‘fatal stabbing’ in 2021 is arrested in Spanish town
British fugitive, 22, wanted for ‘fatal stabbing’ in 2021, has been arrested in Spanish town where he had ‘integrated into local community’
- 22-year-old British fugitive is extradited to the UK after arrest
- Briton was arrested in Hinojos town where he had ‘gone undetected’
- Suspect allegedly stabbed a man to death in UK in 2021 before fleeing
Spanish police have arrested a British fugitive who is wanted for a fatal stabbing in the UK.
The 22-year-old is being extradited after being arrested in the town of Hinojos in Spain’s southwestern province of Huelva, where he had integrated into the local community and “went undetected,” police said.
The suspect, identified only by his initials OBP, is believed to have fatally stabbed a man in the UK on 21 August 2021 before fleeing to Spain.
Investigators in Spain said the detainee, who is believed to be of both Spanish and British nationality, was wanted under an international arrest warrant sent to more than 30 countries by Interpol NCB Manchester, which is part of the UK’s National Crime Agency.
The 22-year-old is being extradited after being arrested in the town of Hinojos in Spain’s southwestern province of Huelva, where he had integrated into the local community and “went undetected,” police said. Pictured: Briton was arrested by police in Spain
Spanish police released images of the arrest today and confirmed: “Spanish National Police have arrested a 22-year-old in Hinojos in Huelva who is of both Spanish and British nationality on suspicion of murder.”
A spokesman said the search to locate him had begun early last year. the night of August 21, 2021.
“In the company of three other people, he allegedly stabbed his victim in the chest and caused his death.”
Spanish police released images of the British fugitive’s arrest today
The spokesperson added: ‘The work of the investigators managed to locate him in Hinojos, where he had taken refuge in a family home and managed to integrate into the local community and go undetected.
“He was arrested when officers took advantage of the fact that an annual festival was taking place.”
The Audiencia Nacional court in Madrid will now decide whether to extradite him to the UK.
It was not immediately clear today whether he has already appeared before an extradition judge and whether he has agreed to be flown to Britain or is against extradition.