A UK fugitive has been arrested on the Spanish Costa del Sol for his involvement in the killing of a 19-year-old student during a gang shootout in Blackburn four years ago.
The heavyset Briton, whose name has not been disclosed, was arrested by the Spanish police in the city of Fuengirola in the province of Malaga in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia.
The Spanish police told Newsflash that the suspect is a British national who is wanted in the UK for murder and attempted homicide.
During a gunfight between two rival gangs in Blackburn in Lancashire on 17th May 2016, a 19-year-old woman was shot in the crossfire and killed, according to a Spanish police press statement sent to Newsflash.
The student was in the passenger seat of a car passing the shootout scene. It is unclear whether the driver was injured in the alleged gunfight.
The National Police in Spain suspected that the Brit could be hiding out in Spain after he reportedly fled the UK and first went to Portugal.
The UK authorities also suspected that the Brit could be living in the Andalusian province of Huelva and, through coordinated efforts with their Spanish counterparts, it was found that he was staying in a hotel while allegedly using his brother’s passport.
The Spanish police identified the suspect’s vehicle and followed his journeys around the Costa del Sol.
The police soon discovered that he was staying at a hotel in Fuengirola where he was eventually arrested.
Arresting officers took necessary precautions as they were warned by their British counterparts that the man is considered dangerous and could be in possession of weapons, according to the police.
However, the arrest took place without a hitch.
It is unclear when the fugitive will be extradited back to the UK over the reported killing.