The hunt is on for five more of Britain’s most wanted fugitives believed to be hiding in the Netherlands
Independent UK crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers and the National Crime Agency (NCA) are once again seeking Britain’s most wanted fugitives, this time looking for those believed to be hiding in the Netherlands.This new appeal is the latest to be launched under Operation Return – a multi-agency campaign with the full cooperation of the Dutch authorities and Meld Misdaad Anoniem – to track down individuals believed to be hiding in the country.
The five fugitives added to the list, who are all wanted on European Arrest Warrants, are individuals suspected of committing murder and drug trafficking offences. David Ungi, aged 24, from Liverpool, and Shane O’Brien, aged 28, from London, are wanted in connection with separate murders; and the other three are alleged drug traffickers David Walley, aged 40, and Shazad Ghafoor, aged 29, who are both from Manchester, and Ahmed Omer, aged 45, from Nottingham.
This is the fourth Operation Return appeal to be made since 2010, the previous three have so far resulted in 10 out of 14 wanted fugitives being apprehended. The outstanding four are being re-publicised in conjunction with the new faces. Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC, the Founder and Chair of Crimestoppers, said: “With the support of the Dutch authorities and the public, we are confident that we can successfully hunt these people down. Crimestoppers, and our partners Meld Misdaad Anoniem, provide a unique service. Members of the public can call us, confident that we will never know who they are – they will never have to give a statement or go to court, we just want to know where these people are hiding.”
Dave Allen, Head of the International Crime Bureau at the National Crime Agency, said: “The NCA and its partners will pursue fugitives relentlessly. In the last five years, over 100 fugitives linked to Operation Return and other operations have been arrested in the Netherlands and brought back to the UK to face justice. Those who believe they can use the Netherlands to evade capture or continue illegal activities soon find out that it is not a safe haven. Be our extra eyes and ears and let us know if you have any information on the whereabouts of our targets.” As a result of joint working between the NCA, UK police forces and the Dutch authorities, 23 fugitives were captured in the Netherlands in 2015, 15 in 2014, 18 in 2013, 20 in 2012 and 25 in 2011.
Information given to Crimestoppers can help locate the fugitives on the Operation Return list. For those people calling from the Netherlands there is a special freephone 0800 7000 telephone number which will be answered by Meld Misdaad Anoniem call agents. People can also pass information online: www.meldmisdaadanoniem.nl.