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Documentary series following police from several European countries as they track down wanted people. A search for a Polish murderer leads police to a flat in London.


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-Come on.

-On the run...

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-Get back here!

-..and over here.

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Hands out now, hands out.

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When foreign criminals flee their home countries,

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many hide out in the UK...

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Give me your hands.

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..but if they think they're safe, they're wrong.

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They know they're wanted.

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A lot of these people are waiting for that knock on the door.

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But the traffic in fugitives isn't all one-way.

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Across Europe, there are hundreds of British criminals

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also trying to escape justice.

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From the sun-drenched Costas, where the villains seek a life of luxury,

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to the busy streets of the Dutch capital,

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where many continue their life of crime.

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We join the crack teams hunting them down.

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When you take the risk to come to Amsterdam, as a criminal,

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there's a high chance that we'll get you.

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When it comes to justice, borders are no barrier.

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You're under arrest under the Extradition Act 2003.

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This is how the police take down the fugitives...

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Police officer!

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..both at home, and abroad.

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If you're thinking of running - don't.

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We will find you.

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We will bring you back.

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On today's programme...

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I can see your feet, there's no need to creep about.

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..the six-month hunt for a Polish murderer

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who kicked a man to death...

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Get down, now. Tom!

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..the criminal who thought he'd found

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the perfect place to dodge the law...

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Perhaps the expectation is that the cops won't look

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in the toy cupboard, but if your feet are hanging out,

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then Dave will do the rest.

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..and Spanish police pay a surprise visit to a Merseyside gangster

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who'd gone to extreme lengths to stay on the run for 13 years.

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He was obviously very well-resourced,

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he was obviously very well-prepared,

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and he was determined to stay hidden.

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London, home to almost nine million people.

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Hidden amongst them,

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fugitives wanted for crimes committed across the world.

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It's the job of a specialist team of detectives

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to find them and bring them to justice.

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This is the Metropolitan Police Extradition Unit.

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The unit is a manhunt unit,

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trying to track down people that are wanted in foreign countries

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for a wide range of serious crime.

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It's valuable work because it makes a difference

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and takes dangerous people off the streets.

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Over a period of more than a year we filmed them

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as they tracked down fugitives who thought they could escape the law.

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Right, can we just run through these jobs we've got for this evening?

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The first one we're going to go out on is Kamil Borkowski,

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who's wanted for a murder in Poland.

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Detective Sergeant Pete Rance and DC Jamie Derby

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are planning an operation in south-west London.

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The target is a man they've arrested before,

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but who was subsequently released.

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He's since been convicted in his absence of murder by a Polish court.

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The last time we were there, he was hiding under some stairs or...

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-He was hiding in a cupboard.

-So when we get there, me and you

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make the approach to the door with Christophe,

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and if you guys can cover the back,

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make sure there's nothing going on round the back, all right?

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Everyone happy with their roles when we get to the first address?

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-Yes.

-Everyone good to go?

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-Yes.

-Smashing.

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Pete and Jamie are part of a team of more than 20 detectives

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who make up the Extradition Unit.

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It's a job that keeps them busy.

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Last year, we had over 1,200 requests for extradition.

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And this month alone we're already up to 40...

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..and we're what? Where are we now? 12th, the 12th day of the month.

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So it's a conveyor belt of work,

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it moves quite quickly and it's a full spectrum of...

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..criminal offences that these people are wanted for,

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from very minor misdemeanours,

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right the way up to murder and terrorism offences,

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so there's a real cross-section of offences there.

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They work with the National Crime Agency

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to gather intelligence for each case.

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They've been tracking Kamil Borkowski for years.

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We've had the job a little while.

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He was initially accused of the murder,

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he's now been convicted of the murder,

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he's got three years to serve,

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so we've refreshed our intelligence checks on it, and...

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..we're pretty confident that he's going to be at the address

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where he's registered as living at the moment.

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The identified address we're looking at is a ground floor flat.

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We'll deploy shortly around the rear, just to see if there's

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any chance of having a look inside the property from outside.

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Somebody that's wanted for murder in a foreign jurisdiction...

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..it goes without saying that that person presents a risk to,

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to us in the United Kingdom.

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They quickly check the area, and confirm they have the right flat.

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Hearing him.

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-Hello.

-Hello.

-We're from the police.

-Yeah.

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-Is it OK to come in? Sorry? Is it OK to come in?

-Yes, of course.

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-OK, thank you.

-What's happened?

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Nothing, nothing to worry about.

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With one of the team covering escape routes,

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the others search the property, knowing that their man,

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who is already convicted for murder at home,

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has good reason to hide.

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The police are told that Borkowski has moved out

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and men's clothes found in the bedroom belong to a friend.

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Pete is not altogether convinced.

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She could be telling the truth, it may be that she's got rid of him.

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It could be that we're just a little bit too early in...

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..visiting the address, so we'll have to have a rethink.

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The wanted murderer seems to have evaded capture for now,

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but these detectives are determined they will get their man,

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however long it takes.

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Hello?

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The hunt never stops. Even crossing international borders

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to ensure bad guys are brought to book.

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When Spanish police raided this fortified villa near Malaga,

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they were searching for a Merseyside drug baron

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who'd been on the run for more than a decade...

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..this man, Mark Lilley.

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A dangerous gangster with a reputation for violence.

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He was one of Britain's most wanted,

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and for 13 years no-one could find him.

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He managed to stay one step ahead of us and he was obviously

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very well-resourced, he was obviously very well-prepared,

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and he was determined to stay hidden.

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The investigation into Lilley began all the way back in 1998,

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when the north-west Regional Crime Squad launched a covert operation

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to take down Merseyside's biggest drug dealers.

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One of the officers on that job still works in surveillance,

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so we can't reveal his identity.

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Mark Lilley was well-known within the St Helens area

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to be a bit of a bully.

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His core business was making a lot of money from drugs importation

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and distribution. He was a major player within quite a large group

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of drug dealers, him being at the top,

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and he did instruct and intimidate people to do his bidding.

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The police operation filmed Lilley's every move and installed secret

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microphones to gather the evidence they needed to bring him in.

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We decided that we would have audio placed within his flat,

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and cameras outside, which proved a great asset for us

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in relation to intelligence that we were gathering from that flat.

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There was a lot of drug users and drug dealers that were arriving

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at that flat on a daily basis.

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The impression I got of him, he was a big guy.

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Could be quite intimidating, a bit of a show-off,

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and liked to brag quite a bit about what he was doing.

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The surveillance operation had Lilley banged to rights.

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Police raided his houses, uncovering his cache of drugs and firearms

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and the gangster was arrested.

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He was in bed at the time.

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Got out of bed, went down on his knees,

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put his hands behind his head.

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He was quite cool, calm and collected...

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and in a joking mood, cracking jokes with the searching officers.

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Lilley clearly believed he would have the last laugh.

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He was out on bail when he went to trial

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and, before the verdict was reached, he did a runner.

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Lilley attended the majority of his trial and then absconded

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as it was coming to an end.

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The trial continued in his absence and he was given a conviction,

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so he knew that when he was on the run, if he was arrested,

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he would be coming back to serve a 23-year sentence.

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But first, they would have to find him.

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He disappeared from the face of the Earth,

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so we didn't have any intelligence at that time as to where he may be.

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He was now one of Britain's most wanted,

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sparking an international manhunt

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that would last for more than 13 years.

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There are extradition teams working across the UK.

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One of the busiest is here in West Yorkshire.

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Hello, police.

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In the past six years they've arrested more than 400 foreign criminals.

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Contact.

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And this is the team on duty tonight -

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PC Dave Lockwood...

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I've just confirmed it is the wanted person.

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..and his colleague PC Tom Allen.

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-Move on to the next one?

-Yep.

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Tonight they've got a new case that's just come in.

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Oh, it's fresh, very fresh.

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It's a European Arrest Warrant issued for this man.

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We've just had a new one drop into our mailbox we've received

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from the National Crime Agency.

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And I think we've got, as of two months ago, a solid address for him.

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I think it will be a good one for us to go for tonight.

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Ladislav Ziga has a prison sentence waiting for him

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in the Czech Republic for assault, robbery and theft.

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All of them are offences that present serious harm to communities,

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so if this person was at large in West Yorkshire, yeah,

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no doubt they would commit similar offences

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and present themselves as quite a risk.

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Tom and Dave suit up.

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They're in no mood for trouble from this criminal.

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Prepared for anything,

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they head off to check out a recent address for the wanted man.

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It's late, and most of the homes on this street are in darkness,

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but in the house they're targeting,

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it looks like someone could be awake.

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-This here, on the end corner.

-Here with the lights on.

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Yeah.

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They approach the house, checking for signs of movement upstairs.

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And sure enough, when Tom knocks on the front door,

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a figure comes to the window.

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-Contact, first floor, female.

-That's them.

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But whoever lives here is in no hurry to come to the door.

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Looks like that might be a bathroom,

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so I don't know if she's been in the shower or something.

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-Yeah, yeah.

-Might just need a moment.

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Who are you, pal?

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MUFFLED REPLY

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Are you going to answer the door?

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Looking good, Tom.

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Hello there, how you doing?

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Sorry to get you up. What's your name, pal, please? Surname?

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Who else is in the house?

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The man at the door looks similar to the person they're chasing.

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Date of birth? Do you have an identity card?

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But the man they're looking for has a scorpion tattooed on his neck.

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-No tattoo on the neck, is there?

-No.

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A woman comes down the stairs.

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She says there's no-one else but children in the house.

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-How many others upstairs?

-Children. Children...

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-No adults?

-No.

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OK.

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OK, I'm going to look upstairs, do you want to come with me?

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-Yeah.

-OK. Come on, then, let's go upstairs.

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Dave's not taking her at her word.

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Why are you here?

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Just one room at a time.

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He goes through the rooms methodically.

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At first, the search turns up nothing.

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And then this room...

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But these officers know that fugitives will hide

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in the strangest places.

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Get down, now! Tom! Come in.

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Stay there, stay there, now.

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A dangerous and violent drugs baron, Mark Lilley,

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was facing 23 years behind bars

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after a covert police operation caught him red-handed.

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But during his trial for serious drugs and firearms offences,

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he did a runner.

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He vanished without trace

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and was now one of Britain's most wanted criminals.

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It's not unusual, if someone's got the resources,

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for them to go straight to ground. They will sometimes stay inside

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for months on end, they won't venture out,

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they'll have other people that are bringing them supplies,

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keeping them sort of in the loop with what's going on,

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how the hunt for that person's progressing.

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Lilley stayed hidden for years,

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but sightings of him trickled in

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and the trail seemed to lead to one country in particular.

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We had indications that Lilley was in Spain.

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We had him linked to several other countries, as well,

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but Spain was always the main one

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and that was where we were focused on, really.

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It was then just a case of actually narrowing down exactly where he was.

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But for a period of time he managed to stay one step of ahead of us

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and he was probably moving quite regularly, at that point,

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to evade detection.

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In the years since Lilley fled, cooperation between British

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and Spanish law enforcement had increased considerably.

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By the time Inspector Olga Lizana took over

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as head of the Spanish National Police's Fugitives Unit,

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Lilley had already been on the run for more than a decade.

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Well, at the beginning I thought we were not going to find this guy,

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because he was in Spain for, at that time, for around ten years.

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So it's like there's...

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a fugitive can change a lot in ten years,

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so it's like maybe we're looking for a different guy.

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I even felt, well, maybe he's just left the country,

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because there was nothing at all.

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The first lead came when Olga found out

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that the fugitive's ex-wife and daughter could be living in

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a small village called Mijas in the hills of southern Spain.

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His former wife was living in Mijas, with his daughter,

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so I moved over there.

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I checked the house, I checked with the schools over there,

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but they told us she was back in the UK,

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so that's all I could do the first time.

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But then a breakthrough.

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Olga discovered five houses in the area Lilley had bought and paid for,

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even though they weren't in his name.

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She put them all under surveillance.

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The neighbours didn't know who he was or his real name.

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They was like, he was always driving luxury cars.

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He'd just leave the house at night and come early in the morning

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or late at night, but he doesn't have much relation

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with the neighbours, so I knew it was him.

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The net was closing.

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Now Olga had to pinpoint which of the houses he was in

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before she could make her move.

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And he got another house up in the hill and I know he was there

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because I was on the other side of the hill,

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just with the binoculars.

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Olga tracked him to this villa,

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high in the hills above Malaga and surrounded by a ten-foot-high wall.

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It was time to strike.

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You always think, OK, we're going to have just one opportunity

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to get him, so you want the right moment for that.

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And maybe it's the last opportunity for us.

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If he moves to another country,

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then the British have to start again with the whole investigation.

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So, OK, this is it.

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But, as more than 40 armed officers prepared for an early-morning raid,

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not everything would go according to plan.

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It's coming up to five in the morning

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on the streets of south London.

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Detective Sergeant Pete Rance and his team from the Extradition Unit

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are after an extremely violent criminal.

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We're looking for a guy called Kamil Borkowski,

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who is wanted in Poland for a murder.

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A murder committed in 2010, where he's

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convicted of kicking a man to death.

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But this murderer has proved difficult to track down,

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and this isn't the first time they've tried to find him.

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Six months previously,

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the team thought they'd located him at a block of flats in Kingston.

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-Hello.

-Hello.

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-We're the police.

-Yes?

-Is it OK to come in?

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-Sorry?

-Is it OK to come in?

-Yes, of course.

-OK, thank you.

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-What's happened?

-Nothing. Nothing to worry about.

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The woman who answered the door was his partner,

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but insisted she'd kicked him out.

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He's not in there. We searched the flat.

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Completely. He's not in there.

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She could be telling the truth. It may be that she's got rid of him,

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but we're dubious.

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Although several months have passed,

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the extradition team haven't given up.

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They're heading back to the same address they searched the first time.

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As we do with these type of cases, we never leave them alone.

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They're refreshed, we rework on them.

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And at the moment, the information we're getting back is that

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there's a very good chance that he's still at this address.

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Pete and the team arrive at the estate in convoy.

0:20:500:20:53

-So we're going to put Dave there?

-INDISTINCT SPEECH

0:20:580:21:01

Good morning, it's the police, could you open the door, please?

0:21:010:21:04

The detectives gain entry to the block of flats

0:21:060:21:09

and cover all the exits.

0:21:090:21:11

Their hunt for the Polish murderer has led them back to this door.

0:21:140:21:19

But no-one's answering.

0:21:250:21:27

They listen intently.

0:21:310:21:34

There's nothing but silence.

0:21:350:21:37

And unless Peter's certain someone's inside, he can't force entry.

0:21:380:21:43

All of the intelligence that we've got,

0:21:430:21:46

our information is that he is probably staying at this address.

0:21:460:21:49

He's linked, still, with this female.

0:21:490:21:51

We have no power to enter unless we can actually,

0:21:530:21:55

we've got reasonable belief that he's in there,

0:21:550:21:57

under the extradition act powers.

0:21:570:21:59

Given the noise that we've created when we've been here,

0:22:020:22:05

the young child's probably not there cos you'd have anticipated

0:22:050:22:08

or expected to have heard some sort of noise.

0:22:080:22:10

I'm starting to think, cos there's a broken window round the back,

0:22:130:22:16

and the blind has clearly been disturbed in some way,

0:22:160:22:20

that there's a possibility that the fella we're looking at

0:22:200:22:24

could have gone in there,

0:22:240:22:25

knowing that the female and the child aren't there.

0:22:250:22:27

So we're going to give it a bit longer

0:22:270:22:29

and see if we can hear any sort of noise inside.

0:22:290:22:31

It's difficult. Difficult situation.

0:22:320:22:35

It's been almost an hour since they arrived,

0:22:380:22:40

and still there's no sign of life in the flat.

0:22:400:22:43

Hello?

0:22:460:22:48

For Pete, it's a disappointing setback.

0:22:480:22:51

My gut feeling is there's not anyone in there

0:22:530:22:56

cos you'd have heard something.

0:22:560:22:58

We could wait here to see if...

0:22:580:23:00

..if someone comes out, but if they've gone on holiday

0:23:020:23:05

you could be here for weeks.

0:23:050:23:07

That's not really an option.

0:23:080:23:10

We've exhausted what we can do here today.

0:23:110:23:14

They are reluctant to leave.

0:23:230:23:25

The man they are after killed his victim

0:23:250:23:28

by repeatedly kicking him in the head.

0:23:280:23:30

But will the detectives' persistence finally pay off

0:23:330:23:37

when they return a few days later to the same flat for a third time?

0:23:370:23:41

-Pete?

-Yeah?

-There's two people in here.

-Yeah, yeah.

0:23:410:23:44

Open the door, please, it's the police.

0:23:440:23:46

It's late at night on a quiet street in Leeds.

0:23:550:23:59

Police officers Dave Lockwood and Tom Allen have come to this house

0:24:000:24:04

to find a criminal on the run.

0:24:040:24:06

The man they're after is a robber and a thief

0:24:080:24:11

and he's wanted in the Czech Republic.

0:24:110:24:13

Contact, first floor, female.

0:24:130:24:15

But the people in the house say he isn't here.

0:24:170:24:19

Hello, there. How are you doing?

0:24:190:24:21

-Children.

-No adults?

-No.

0:24:210:24:25

Dave isn't convinced.

0:24:250:24:27

He's not leaving here without first checking the rest of the house.

0:24:280:24:32

Come on, let's go upstairs.

0:24:320:24:34

One room at a time.

0:24:360:24:38

At first it seems the residents are all telling the truth.

0:24:400:24:44

Upstairs, all is quiet.

0:24:440:24:46

Oops, that's dangerous, isn't it?

0:24:490:24:52

But then, Dave spots something in a cupboard.

0:24:570:25:00

Get down, now! Do not mess about.

0:25:000:25:03

In fact, stay there.

0:25:030:25:04

Tom, come in, top floor!

0:25:040:25:06

Stay there. Stay there now.

0:25:060:25:09

With two people desperate not to be found,

0:25:090:25:12

it's an unpredictable situation.

0:25:120:25:14

Put your hands down. Look, just cuff him straightaway.

0:25:150:25:17

See who he is.

0:25:170:25:18

Put your hands down.

0:25:180:25:20

Give me your hands.

0:25:200:25:22

Hand. Have you got your cuffs?

0:25:220:25:24

Other hand now.

0:25:270:25:28

Stay there.

0:25:300:25:31

Just let go of him.

0:25:310:25:33

Right. Slowly climb down.

0:25:330:25:35

-Stop. Stop it.

-No, no, stop shouting.

0:25:360:25:39

No, no, stop shouting.

0:25:390:25:41

We're dealing with something here.

0:25:430:25:45

Right, are you ready? Come on, drop down. Right, stay there.

0:25:460:25:49

Stay there.

0:25:490:25:51

Wait, wait.

0:25:540:25:55

They've found not one but two people hiding amongst the children's toys.

0:25:550:26:00

The unknown man and woman are cuffed and brought out.

0:26:020:26:05

In there, please.

0:26:060:26:07

Hang on. Wait, wait, wait. Let's go downstairs.

0:26:090:26:12

Just, will you relax? Chill out. Relax your arms.

0:26:120:26:16

Dave and Tom quickly get the situation under control.

0:26:160:26:19

We're going to go downstairs and sort things out.

0:26:190:26:21

I don't want to get into a tussle with you, OK?

0:26:210:26:23

I don't want to be fighting with you. So you chill out,

0:26:230:26:25

we'll go downstairs and you can sit down.

0:26:250:26:27

-OK.

-You understand?

-OK.

-Right.

0:26:270:26:29

All hiding places seem a good hiding place until you're found.

0:26:300:26:33

Clearly, he thought it was a good idea

0:26:330:26:35

to try and conceal himself in the toy cupboard,

0:26:350:26:38

but we caught him.

0:26:380:26:40

I think the shoes showed out and Dave did the rest.

0:26:400:26:44

Right, take a seat, chill out.

0:26:480:26:50

Now, they want to know who these two are,

0:26:500:26:52

and what exactly they were doing upstairs in a cupboard.

0:26:520:26:56

Sit there, please.

0:26:560:26:57

Why were you two hiding in the cupboard?

0:27:020:27:05

-Start off there.

-Because we were scared.

0:27:050:27:07

What were you scared of?

0:27:070:27:09

INDISTINCT SPEECH

0:27:090:27:12

Well, it's not normal for us to come to houses and find people

0:27:120:27:15

hiding in cupboards, is it? I'll have a look. Lift your head up.

0:27:150:27:18

OK. Thank you. Tattoo on the neck from the picture.

0:27:190:27:22

Birthday?

0:27:230:27:24

Another look at the arrest warrant confirms what the officers suspect.

0:27:240:27:28

The man with the scorpion tattoo on his neck

0:27:280:27:31

is the fugitive they're hunting.

0:27:310:27:33

-Is that you?

-Yeah.

-Yeah?

0:27:330:27:35

Ladislav, the Czech authorities, the Czech police,

0:27:350:27:40

OK, have issued an arrest warrant for us to detain you.

0:27:400:27:45

As Tom arrests the man,

0:27:450:27:47

the woman caught hiding with him in the cupboard is released,

0:27:470:27:51

but she's having none of it.

0:27:510:27:52

You are?

0:27:550:27:57

I'll ring NCA.

0:27:570:27:58

We'll double-check.

0:28:000:28:01

It's not often they get people asking to be arrested and extradited,

0:28:010:28:06

so Dave calls the National Crime Agency to check out the woman's story.

0:28:060:28:10

I just want to know if this lass is wanted, to take her in, as well?

0:28:100:28:13

'Do you want me to give you a call-back?'

0:28:130:28:16

Yeah, I'm going to remain at the scene, at the address here.

0:28:160:28:19

She's packed her bag, ready to go, she's that sure she's wanted, so...

0:28:190:28:23

What offence are you wanted for?

0:28:230:28:25

Don't know. You don't know?

0:28:250:28:27

-They're looking for you? Is that what you've heard from Czech?

-Yeah.

0:28:270:28:30

-They're looking for you over there?

-Yeah.

-She doesn't know what

0:28:300:28:33

she's wanted for, but she's heard they're looking for her over there.

0:28:330:28:36

The woman insists she's wanted by police,

0:28:360:28:38

even though she doesn't know what she's wanted for.

0:28:380:28:42

Tom explains that's not how this works.

0:28:420:28:44

If you just stay in here for five minutes, we're just waiting

0:28:440:28:47

to check. We're just finding out whether you are wanted.

0:28:470:28:49

Until...until the NCA tell us you are, we can't arrest you.

0:28:530:28:56

Then, the call comes through.

0:28:590:29:01

-Hello?

-'Hi, is that Dave?'

0:29:030:29:05

-It is, yeah.

-Hi, it's Michelle from Interpol Manchester.

0:29:050:29:08

-Hi, are you OK?

-'Hello, yeah, I've ran that name through,

0:29:080:29:11

'first name and her surname, and there's no hit on there.'

0:29:110:29:15

-All right. Take care, thanks, see you. Bye.

-Bye.

0:29:150:29:17

I'm going to have to disappoint you.

0:29:190:29:21

You're not wanted.

0:29:210:29:23

Despite her protests, she won't be taken to the police station tonight,

0:29:230:29:27

leaving Dave to wonder why she wanted to be arrested in the first place.

0:29:270:29:32

I've never had anybody as insistent as that before, no.

0:29:320:29:35

I mean, she got dressed, she got ready.

0:29:350:29:37

She were ready to go, weren't she? She were really insistent.

0:29:370:29:39

Dave and Tom take Ladislav back to the police station,

0:29:410:29:45

where he's processed before being sent to his extradition hearing.

0:29:450:29:49

As for the woman hiding in the cupboard with him,

0:29:520:29:55

further investigation revealed she HAD been in trouble

0:29:550:29:59

in the Czech Republic.

0:29:590:30:01

While living in the UK,

0:30:050:30:07

she'd been found guilty of theft in a court back home.

0:30:070:30:10

But because the sentence was suspended,

0:30:120:30:14

there was no arrest warrant.

0:30:140:30:16

Her partner will have to go back to the Czech Republic

0:30:180:30:21

to face justice by himself.

0:30:210:30:23

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Extradition Unit

0:30:320:30:36

are back on the streets of London hunting for a killer.

0:30:360:30:39

Kamil Borkowski is a murderer on the run from Poland,

0:30:420:30:46

where he was convicted for kicking a man to death.

0:30:460:30:50

The detectives suspect he's hiding somewhere in these blocks of flats.

0:30:500:30:54

Hello?

0:30:560:30:57

When DS Pete Rance and his team came here two days ago,

0:30:590:31:03

there was no answer.

0:31:030:31:05

My gut feeling is there's not anyone in there, cos you'd have heard.

0:31:050:31:09

We've exhausted what we can do here today.

0:31:100:31:13

But they haven't given up.

0:31:170:31:20

They've kept an eye on the flat

0:31:200:31:21

and now they've come back, convinced there's someone inside.

0:31:210:31:25

We came back yesterday afternoon and were able to see the female

0:31:270:31:31

inside the address, and the positioning of the blinds

0:31:310:31:34

had changed so we knew that people had been inside,

0:31:340:31:38

as well as seeing her there.

0:31:380:31:39

Decided to come back and give it another try this morning.

0:31:400:31:43

This time, they won't take no for an answer.

0:31:550:31:57

Morning, it's the police, can you open the door, please?

0:31:580:32:01

Morning. I can see your feet.

0:32:030:32:05

It's the police, can you open the door, please?

0:32:080:32:10

I can see your feet, so you don't need to creep about.

0:32:120:32:15

I can see you again, tiptoeing back through to the living room.

0:32:170:32:20

Do you want to open the door?

0:32:200:32:22

They've spotted the partner of the man they're after

0:32:220:32:25

sneaking around inside.

0:32:250:32:27

But now, she has nowhere left to hide.

0:32:270:32:31

Open the door, please.

0:32:310:32:33

She tiptoed into the kitchen.

0:32:350:32:37

If she refuses to open the door,

0:32:370:32:39

the detectives now have the power to force entry into the property.

0:32:390:32:43

Open the door, please, it's the police.

0:32:500:32:52

-Pete? Pete?

-Yeah.

0:32:570:33:00

-There's two people in there.

-Yeah, yeah.

0:33:000:33:02

Open the door, mate. Kamil, come and open the door.

0:33:020:33:05

Pete.

0:33:080:33:10

-Just stop screaming, stop

-BLEEP.

0:33:100:33:13

Police. Is Kamil here?

0:33:130:33:15

Where is he?

0:33:160:33:17

-All right, come out. Put your hands up.

-Hands up.

0:33:190:33:22

No, no, no. Stop.

0:33:220:33:25

We had a gut feeling that he was still linked to this address

0:33:280:33:30

and still with her. And it's proven to be...

0:33:300:33:33

That gut feeling has proven to be...

0:33:340:33:36

instinct's proven to be right.

0:33:360:33:38

This way, this way.

0:33:420:33:45

It's taken more than six months, but the team have finally got their man.

0:33:480:33:53

OK, mind your head.

0:33:530:33:55

Just sit. Stay this side, stay this side.

0:33:570:33:59

Going to put your seatbelt on, all right?

0:33:590:34:02

All right.

0:34:020:34:03

Well done, mate.

0:34:050:34:06

We've got to get lucky, and we got lucky this morning again,

0:34:080:34:10

although, we've... I suppose, if we were to sort of...

0:34:100:34:13

..try and put a positive on it, we'd say we've made our own luck

0:34:150:34:18

here today, so, very pleased.

0:34:180:34:19

Another dangerous man in custody.

0:34:210:34:23

Kamil Borkowski has dodged the law and evaded capture for six years,

0:34:230:34:28

but now, the extradition team's persistence has finally paid off.

0:34:280:34:33

Persistence is a key quality in the work that we work with here.

0:34:330:34:39

You know, we never give up on these warrants.

0:34:390:34:42

If the warrants are outstanding, we do our very best to ensure,

0:34:420:34:45

if there is some intelligence,

0:34:450:34:47

that intelligence is followed up and acted on.

0:34:470:34:49

So a lot of the cases that we deal with may lay dormant for a while,

0:34:500:34:54

but they never actually go away.

0:34:540:34:55

At some stage, they're going to get re-looked at,

0:34:550:34:58

and if the people are here, we're confident that we'll find them.

0:34:580:35:01

And for the team, there's the satisfaction of knowing

0:35:020:35:06

that a dangerous man is now on his way out of the country.

0:35:060:35:09

In a case like Borkowski, where he's convicted of killing

0:35:090:35:14

somebody else, you know, there has to be a consideration that,

0:35:140:35:18

if he's done that in a foreign jurisdiction,

0:35:180:35:21

what's to stop him coming over here and getting drunk

0:35:210:35:23

and doing it again?

0:35:230:35:25

One of the key areas and aspects of our work

0:35:250:35:28

is that we feel we assist London because a dangerous criminal

0:35:280:35:34

in a foreign jurisdiction could be a dangerous criminal here.

0:35:340:35:37

If we can extradite them, take them into custody,

0:35:370:35:40

get them off the streets, if that's what's needed,

0:35:400:35:42

then we're taking away some of the risk that those people

0:35:420:35:46

might present to people that live and work in London.

0:35:460:35:49

Caught red-handed with guns and drugs,

0:35:590:36:01

dangerous gangster Mark Lilley was sentenced to 23 years behind bars.

0:36:010:36:07

But he'd already gone on the run,

0:36:090:36:11

and had managed to outwit the law for 13 years.

0:36:110:36:15

He was living a life, he was living it under a different name,

0:36:150:36:18

different identity. For a period of time,

0:36:180:36:20

he managed to stay one step ahead of us, and he was probably

0:36:200:36:22

moving quite regularly at that point to evade detection.

0:36:220:36:26

But the search for Lilley never stopped,

0:36:260:36:28

and all the clues pointed to Spain.

0:36:280:36:31

By the time Inspector Olga Lizana took over

0:36:340:36:37

as head of the Spanish National Police Fugitives Unit,

0:36:370:36:40

Lilley had been in hiding for more than ten years.

0:36:400:36:43

You could not imagine how much time it took me to check

0:36:440:36:50

all the information, because it was not a new case, it was an old case,

0:36:500:36:54

so you have to check everything again.

0:36:540:36:57

Olga's diligence paid off when she finally tracked him down

0:36:590:37:02

to this hilltop villa. It was surrounded by ten-foot-high walls,

0:37:020:37:07

and she had no idea what lay behind them.

0:37:070:37:10

We didn't know how many people were in the house.

0:37:120:37:14

We were not sure if they'd got guns or not,

0:37:140:37:18

so you have to cover all those things

0:37:180:37:21

and be prepared for whatever happens.

0:37:210:37:23

Olga launched a strike on the compound.

0:37:230:37:27

Mobilising a team of more than 40 armed officers with air support,

0:37:280:37:33

the villa was surrounded as a tactical unit swarmed over the gate.

0:37:330:37:37

Armed police stormed the villa

0:37:430:37:45

and smashed in the front door with a battering ram.

0:37:450:37:48

Once inside, officers searched the house for the man who now topped

0:37:560:38:00

the list of Britain's most wanted.

0:38:000:38:03

But there was no sign of him.

0:38:060:38:08

The guys there were telling me that Lilley was not in the house.

0:38:100:38:14

They had checked the whole house, and they didn't find the guy.

0:38:140:38:19

Somehow, the fugitive appeared to have evaded capture once again.

0:38:200:38:24

But Olga wasn't giving up.

0:38:260:38:28

I was sure he was there.

0:38:300:38:32

I just said, "Well, nobody's moving from here till we find him!"

0:38:320:38:35

It was a critical decision.

0:38:350:38:38

They swept the house a second time.

0:38:380:38:40

A closer look inside a row of wardrobes revealed a slight oddity

0:38:420:38:47

that was to prove crucial.

0:38:470:38:49

The wooden panel at the back of one of them

0:38:500:38:53

was slightly different to the rest.

0:38:530:38:55

One of the police officers that was checking that area realised that

0:38:550:38:59

one of the wardrobes was not similar to the other.

0:38:590:39:02

So they started taking all the things out of there

0:39:020:39:07

and then they found the door.

0:39:070:39:10

Behind the wooden panel was a solid steel door.

0:39:100:39:13

They'd found the secret entrance to a fortified panic room.

0:39:150:39:18

Hidden inside was the gangster.

0:39:200:39:23

We knew he was inside the panic room,

0:39:240:39:27

so I told him, if he didn't open the door,

0:39:270:39:32

I'm going through the whole wall to get you.

0:39:320:39:37

So he decided to open.

0:39:370:39:39

Olga's threat to smash down the wall to get him

0:39:420:39:45

convinced Lilley the game was up.

0:39:450:39:48

The door opened, and she could finally size up the man

0:39:490:39:52

she'd been hunting for so long.

0:39:520:39:54

He was so big that we couldn't use just one handcuffs.

0:39:540:40:00

We had to use two because of the size of his arm.

0:40:000:40:03

News that Lilley was finally back in handcuffs delighted officers

0:40:040:40:09

in the UK, where a 23-year prison sentence awaited him.

0:40:090:40:13

We think he'd been alerted y the dogs in the garden,

0:40:130:40:16

when the police officers first started going over the wall.

0:40:160:40:18

We think they'd alerted Lilley, so he'd then at that point run inside.

0:40:180:40:22

He didn't have many clothes on,

0:40:220:40:24

so he'd obviously been caught on the hop, as it were.

0:40:240:40:26

He'd just rushed in there,

0:40:260:40:27

and then he'd watched everything unfold from inside.

0:40:270:40:30

Throughout the raid, Lilley had been hidden behind

0:40:310:40:34

the heavy steel door, watching the police's every move

0:40:340:40:38

on secret surveillance cameras.

0:40:380:40:40

He could control the whole house with the cameras.

0:40:410:40:44

So he thought that we were not going to find the panic room,

0:40:440:40:49

so he was just there waiting for us to leave.

0:40:490:40:51

His secret hideout had been planned well in advance,

0:40:530:40:57

and cleverly constructive.

0:40:570:40:58

The panic room where Lilley was located,

0:41:000:41:02

it's like something out of a film, isn't it?

0:41:020:41:04

There was CCTV that covered the grounds, covered the house,

0:41:040:41:07

so he could watch the Spanish national police come in over the wall,

0:41:070:41:10

and he could see whereabouts in the house they were.

0:41:100:41:13

He had the forethought and the planning to think,

0:41:130:41:15

"I might need a panic room one day."

0:41:150:41:17

And he'd actually taken time to install it,

0:41:170:41:19

and it was very well hidden within the house.

0:41:190:41:22

You know, it wasn't an amateur job, it was quite well concealed.

0:41:220:41:25

So it shows how much he feared being caught.

0:41:250:41:30

And this is probably one of the reasons why it took us so long

0:41:300:41:33

to find him, it did take 13 years,

0:41:330:41:35

because he was obviously very well-resourced,

0:41:350:41:38

he was obviously very well-prepared,

0:41:380:41:39

and he was determined to stay hidden.

0:41:390:41:41

And the man they arrested looked nothing like the man who had fled

0:41:430:41:46

British justice all those years before.

0:41:460:41:49

He'd changed his appearance massively.

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He'd bulked up an incredible amount,

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got lots of different tattoos.

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He'd changed facially.

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Obviously he'd been out in Spain for along time, so he was very tanned.

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So if you put his picture next to one from 13 years previous,

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you perhaps wouldn't necessarily know they were the same individual.

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But Olga knew she'd got her man.

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She hopes Lilley's arrest will act as a warning to any other

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British criminals thinking of going on the run.

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This is not a safe place for British fugitives any more.

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I think that's the message -

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don't come to Spain.

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In August 2013, Mark Lilley was flown back to the UK.

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After a failed appeal, he finally started his 23-year sentence.

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Kamil Borkowski was extradited back to Poland in August 2016

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to serve out his sentence for murder.

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-Get down, now! Tom!

-Coming.

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And Ladislav Ziga, who'd concealed himself in a cupboard,

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was sent back to the Czech Republic in June of the same year

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without his hide-and-seek partner.

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Documentary series following police from several European countries as they track down wanted people.

Mark Lilley, a dangerous gangster with a reputation for violence, has been on the run for 13 years. When a search of his luxury villa draws a blank, Inspector Olga Lizana from the Spanish national police's fugitives unit is determined to find his secret hiding place.

In 2016, the Metropolitan Police's Extradition Unit arrested over 500 foreign fugitives hiding out in the capital. A six-month search for a Polish murderer leads DS Pete Rance and his team to a flat in south west London. An arrest soon follows and the man, who kicked another to death, is sent back to prison in Poland.

West Yorkshire Police have one of the busiest extradition teams in the country. PCs Dave Lockwood and Tom Allen are on the hunt for a man convicted for theft and assault in the Czech Republic. The criminal they are after may think he has found the perfect place to dodge the law, but Dave and Tom are determined to get their man.