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One of UK’s most wanted man dubbed ‘the Big Guy’ arrested 24 hours after appeal

One of the UK's most wanted men has been arrested just 24 hours after being added to the National Crime Agency's (NCA) top 30 most wanted fugitives list.

The NCA named Joshua Hendry, 30, one of the UK's most wanted fugitives after revealing that he was believed to be in Spain.

Hendry was subsequently arrested in San Pedro de Alcantára Marbella in the evening of January 20 by Spanish police in the fugitives unit on suspicion of drug offences.

He was wanted by Humberside Police in the UK, and is alleged to have trafficked heroine and cocaine, both class A drugs, from Liverpool to Grimsby to be distributed.

He is now in custody and is due to appear in court as part of proceedings around extradition.

Tom Dowdall, NCA Deputy Director of International, said: “This is a rapid result and it’s testimony to the power these appeals can have as well as the NCA’s international reach.

“Whether it’s using tip-offs from the public, sharing intelligence or deploying specialist capabilities, UK law enforcement and our Spanish partners are working as one to trace and arrest the other 11 fugitives.

“Those men will know now that we’re after them. They can live their lives anxiously looking over their shoulders and wondering if today’s the day they get caught or they can do the right thing and hand themselves in.”

Chief Inspector Rhodri Troake of Humberside Police said: “We’d like to thank the National Crime Agency for their assistance in locating and arresting Hendry as a part of an efficient and fast-moving operation.

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“Hendry is alleged to have trafficked heroin and crack cocaine from Liverpool to Grimsby for onward distribution within our local communities.

“This type of criminality can cause significant disruption to our local communities and we will continue to do everything we can to continue to bring those responsible to justice.

"Anyone with information about any of our Most Wanted can contact the Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, and callers in Spain should call the freephone Spanish number 900 926 111."

There is also the online reporting form which can be completed via crimestoppers-uk.org/fugitives.

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