Episode 12 Fugitives


Episode 12

Documentary series. Police in Worcestershire try to find a 33-year-old drug dealer who has already been sentenced to two years in prison back in Poland.


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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.

-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

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to the busy streets of the Dutch capital

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

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You're under arrest under the Extradition Act 2003.

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Police officer!

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..both at home and abroad.

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On today's programme,

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police are sure they've caught a drug dealer

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in this chance encounter.

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He's not so convinced.

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-Is that you?

-No.

-Who are you?

-Damian.

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-Have you got any ID with you, Damian?

-Yeah.

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It's not, that's you, that is.

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In east London, the Metropolitan Police's extradition team

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are on the hunt for a man with a history of domestic violence.

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Caused a really serious injury in one particular assault.

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It's alleged that he's burnt her with a cigarette stub.

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And how intelligence from the National Crime Agency

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led to the dramatic arrest of this card-playing criminal

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in a Spanish bar.

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Once we knew what league he was playing in,

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what games he was playing in,

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we could work out where he was going to be and at what time.

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London, home to more than 8.5 million people.

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It's also home to the specialist unit whose work it is

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to arrest foreign criminals on the run in the capital.

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Around 40% of the population of London come from other countries.

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Officers from the extradition unit

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capture over 500 foreign fugitives each year.

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But many more are hiding out amongst the city's law-abiding citizens.

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Police, can you open the door, please?

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Trying to find people in London

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is searching for a needle in a haystack.

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We have to go and try and find these people

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and it means going from address to address

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and getting up very early in all weathers

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but that's the nature of the work.

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DS Pete Rance and his colleague DC Jamie Darby

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are out on the road in south-west London.

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Their next target tonight

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is a man convicted of domestic violence offences in Belgium.

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He's caused a really serious injury.

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And reading the warrant,

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it's alleged

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that it's systematic abuse over a period of six years

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between 2002 and 2008.

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In one particular assault,

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it's alleged that he's burnt her with a cigarette stub.

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So, that gives you a flavour of the type of violence

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that was being, or alleged to have been, used against this lady.

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Pete and Jamie scope out the neighbourhood,

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trying to work out if the fugitive is in before knocking on the door.

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Hello, sorry to trouble you. From the police.

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Just need to know who lives at this address. It's probably...

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-No speak English.

-No speak English, OK.

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Hello, we just need to know who lives at this address.

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What's your family name?

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Never absolutely certain when you turn up

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that people are either going to be in

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or indeed that they haven't moved on.

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So, it's about approaching it, making an approach,

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speaking to the people inside,

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and trying to ascertain who does live there.

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Sorry to trouble you. OK, thank you. Bye-bye.

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The family confirm to Pete that this is the home

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of the man they're after.

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He's gone to the shops. He'll be back in half an hour.

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They've just missed him by a matter of minutes.

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The detectives are left with little choice

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but to wait and see if he comes back.

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She obviously knows the police have been round now.

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If he is waiting for the knock on the door

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and she knows he's waiting for the knock on the door, for this...

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for this matter, some years ago now in Belgium,

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then it's likely she's going to call him

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and tell him that the police have been to the address.

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Hopefully, when we've spoken to her and her sons,

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we've been suitably sort of vague, for want of a better description,

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to not raise the alarm that we're there to arrest him.

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Just as they're about to give up and leave,

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a man comes up and knocks on Pete's window.

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Let me just park up. We'll come and talk to you, don't worry.

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This is our man.

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That's how your luck can go.

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I tell you what, come and sit in the back of the car.

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Jump on there. Have you got some ID, have you?

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-Yes, yes.

-I'm Jamie Darby.

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I'm a DC from the extradition unit up at New Scotland Yard.

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Unfortunately for you,

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you're under arrest under a European Arrest Warrant for Belgium,

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-for an alleged assault, OK?

-You're not in trouble in the UK.

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-No, sir.

-No problem here.

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But there's a warrant been issued in Belgium

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and Belgium have asked us to execute the warrant,

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-it's a European Arrest Warrant.

-Yes, but I...

-So, listen.

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So, you have to go to court in London.

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The man protests that his family life is now a happy one.

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But that won't wash when he hasn't finished doing time

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for the domestic violence offences in his past.

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As the officers escort him into his flat to collect his passport,

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Pete's French comes in handy.

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..laisse un message...

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-Tu peux telephoner Charlie dans la voiture.

-Merci.

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My phone is going to die.

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-OK.

-He already come back...

-Are you going to leave your phone here?

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Il ne va pas a l'ecole demain. Tu l'amenes avec toi.

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Don't go to the school tomorrow.

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After saying goodbye to his wife and children,

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the fugitive is taken into custody.

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It sums up what police work can be like.

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You know, you think you've missed it.

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I was completely prepared to come away from that address,

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and, you know, regroup and have a look at it for another day,

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and the next thing you know,

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he's knocking on the window of the car, offering himself up.

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So, it's completely like that, you know.

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One day... One day, you get a bit of luck and other days,

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you could sit there for hours and he wouldn't come back

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and it's just par for the course, really.

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For British fugitives on the run,

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the Costa Blanca, packed with tourists,

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is an ideal place to hide from the law.

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In the seaside resort of Calpe, 40 miles north of Alicante,

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pubs and cafes welcome British customers with open arms.

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In one popular bar, as night fell on a September evening in 2014,

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a group of British expats were meeting up for a card game.

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One of the players really was using his poker face.

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He was trying to ask for another beer.

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So, I told him, "This is serious stuff, so stop drinking."

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The man gambling with his freedom was cocaine smuggler Robert Knight.

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He'd fled to Spain to escape a long stint in a British jail

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six years earlier.

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Knight was part of an organised gang of smugglers based in Birmingham.

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Back in early 2008, West Midlands Police were on their trail.

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They knew the criminals had imported two million cigarettes

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and large quantities of drugs worth almost £1 million into the UK.

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We had intelligence in relation to all the members

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of this organised crime group.

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He was the one with the contacts,

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he was the one facilitating drugs.

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Knight and his gang had devised a clever way of getting drugs

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past airport security and into the UK.

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Cocaine was coming in library books from South America

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and I think we recovered seven kilos of cocaine.

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The more we investigated,

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the more we realised that Rob Knight was the one that was

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really making sure that everybody knew what they were doing,

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he was making sure that contacts abroad were paid,

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and it was massively important to us to find him and arrest him.

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Undercover officers spent weeks watching Knight's every move,

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photographing him outside the shop used to store his contraband.

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Then they seized a shipment of cocaine worth £300,000 at Heathrow.

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It was time to make an arrest.

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But the move came too late.

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We went to his place of work and we must have missed him

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by about literally two minutes.

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We know that he left literally as a police vehicle was pulling up.

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Inside the shop,

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they found half a million pounds' worth of illegal tobacco.

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We found two million cigarettes.

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They were bringing it in floor tiling rolls,

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which were hollow in the middle.

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But there was no sign of Robert Knight,

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the brains behind the huge smuggling racket.

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It seemed he could have fled to Spain.

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We thought he was in the region of Estepona in Spain.

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We knew that he had been seen there by different people

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who'd put reports in.

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And we knew from previous intelligence

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he knew that area and because of the expat community there,

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he could fit in there without really showing out.

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For five years, Knight evaded capture.

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Then in 2013, police appealed for the public's help.

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Number seven tonight is Robert Mark Knight.

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In Spain too,

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a Crimestoppers campaign on the Costas reminded holiday-makers

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that the drug and tobacco smuggler

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was one of the UK's most wanted fugitives.

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But would the new appeal lead to the information

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police needed to find him?

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It was unfinished business for us.

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And we know that every time we'd make inquiries

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with his family and friends,

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they were literally gloating that you'll never get hold of him,

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he's left the country.

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And they were sort of proud of the fact that he had avoided justice.

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Every November, 26 police forces across the UK

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take part in a week-long operation,

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aimed at tackling foreign offenders on Britain's roads.

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Yeah, that's copied...

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Stopping and searching vehicles registered abroad

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and checking that foreign workers have the appropriate permits

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is part of the work.

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Madam, what nationality are you?

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But the operation also focuses on tracking down men and women

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on the run after committing crimes abroad.

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This week, PCs Danny Evans and Karl Lacey are in Worcestershire

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and they have a long list of fugitives to find.

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First up is Przemyslaw Wojciechowski.

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The 33-year-old drug dealer has already been sentenced

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to two years in prison back in Poland.

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When was the offence?

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It's been about seven... It's been a while ago.

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How long's he been in the country?

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Quite a while.

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Just looking at a bit of history

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we've got with this gentleman from this warrant,

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that we've received from Poland,

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the drug supply has been over a year or so, in 2006, 2007,

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at least sort of eight to ten separate offences of drug supply

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over that period of time, so obviously, that's why the offence

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is so severe, that he's been sought after.

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The team have an address for the man.

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They're aiming to sneak up on it, so he doesn't see them coming.

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A plainclothes officer leads them to the right flat.

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The drug dealer has a two-year prison sentence

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waiting for him back in Poland.

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PC Matt Britton is first to approach the door.

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-Hello.

-Hello.

-It's the police.

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Can we just come and have a quick chat with you?

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-It's nothing to worry about.

-Yeah.

-Are you here alone today?

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-No, with my partner.

-What's your partner's name?

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-Przemy.

-Przemy, right, is his...?

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What's his last name?

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Wojciechowski.

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Is he here now, is he?

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He's at the shop at the moment but he's coming here.

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-He's coming back?

-Yeah.

-Ah, right. OK.

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Wojciechowski does live here but has popped out to the local supermarket.

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You know, if this guy wanted to get away from us...

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..quite easily, a phone call could have gone in

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when Matt and Jim were at the premises, by his partner,

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to say, "Don't come back, the police are here."

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While Matt waits with Wojciechowski's partner,

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Sgt Dean Carswell and the plainclothes police officer set off

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towards the supermarket in an attempt to intercept him.

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But a chance encounter saves them a journey.

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Sir, just have a quick word.

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-Is that you?

-No.

-Who are you?

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-Damian.

-Damian.

-Have you got any ID with you, Damian?

-Yeah.

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-It's not, that's you, that is.

-That's me, yeah.

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Just stand there a second for me.

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Have you got anything in your pockets that you shouldn't have?

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-No, no.

-Any knives, any weapons?

-No.

-Anything else?

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-Put your hands to the side.

-Let me take your bread off you.

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-Yeah.

-I'm not going to eat it.

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'We were all called round.'

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I came round, identified the male from the warrant,

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asked him his name, and again,

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he was arrested immediately for the warrant.

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-He's been searched.

-OK, you're under arrest

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under the Extradition Act 2003.

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You do not have to say anything

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but anything you do say may be given in evidence.

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-Can you confirm your name for me?

-Yeah, that's the name.

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-Your name, can you tell me, please?

-Wojciechowski.

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-My missus knows about it, yes?

-Yeah.

-OK. So, thank you.

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OK, you've got everything you need, sir?

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Can I say goodbye to my girlfriend?

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That's it? Please?

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-Just you wait here. We'll bring her down, OK?

-Yeah.

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It wasn't until he saw his daughter,

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I think it really hit home, didn't it? He got emotional, he got upset.

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His time on the run over,

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Wojciechowski realises that his failure to face up

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to his criminal past now means his family will be left on their own.

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It's only right when somebody's getting arrested and possibly

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sent back to their country to serve a long sentence

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that they're allowed to say goodbye to their loved ones.

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-The thing is...

-Yeah.

-..it's going to get dealt with now, isn't it?

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-You don't have to hide any more.

-Yeah, exactly.

-OK.

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Wojciechowski's past as a dealer in amphetamines back in Poland

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has finally caught up with him.

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He's put himself in that situation.

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You know, this has happened for a while

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and he's known that he could have got it sorted out a long time ago.

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The only blessing is maybe that he can get it dealt with now

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and before his daughter is old enough to find out what's going on.

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Maybe won't remember any of this at all.

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One of the UK's most wanted fugitives was notorious cocaine smuggler Robert Knight.

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He fled the UK in April 2008,

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swapping his life as the mastermind behind a gang of drug smugglers

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for a life on the run.

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The National Crime Agency joined in the search.

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With Rob Knight, we thought

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he had quite a lot of links out in Spain.

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So, we initially started looking in that area.

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He was on the run for a number of years in the end,

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which can often be the case.

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Even though you secure a European Arrest Warrant,

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it doesn't mean we arrest people instantly.

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But it doesn't mean we stop looking either.

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So, for Rob Knight, he had links to Dubai, to Thailand, to South Africa,

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and obviously, every one of those links

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has to be looked into and investigated.

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But even after all that,

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even when we looked with these other countries, considered other options,

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it all came back to pointing back towards Spain.

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A fresh appeal at home and abroad in 2013 threw up new leads.

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We had quite good intelligence as to around a specific location

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where you started to get a feeling and suggestions

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that he was around the Benidorm area,

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that he was perhaps frequenting bars around there

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and that his face was known

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and we were getting intelligence that he was there.

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So, we could obviously start to focus in on that.

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So, the process would be once we had an idea of where he was,

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we would feed that in to the Spanish

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and then they would look to progress the intelligence.

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With the European Arrest Warrant now in place,

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the Spanish national police's fugitive unit could join the search.

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They followed up on information linking Knight to Benidorm,

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a popular haunt for Brits on the run.

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They come to Benidorm for bars, they play cards here,

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just watch football on television, and things like that.

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We thought Robert Knight was living here in Benidorm,

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so we spent here about two weeks.

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We found out that he had been identified by the local police here,

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driving a motorcycle.

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At that time, he was using a false identity.

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Armed with the knowledge that Robert Knight

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was using someone else's name,

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Olga and her UK colleagues were hopeful of an arrest.

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He was on a false passport,

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so he may have been able to move around European countries

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on that passport.

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But the main intelligence that we were getting

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was that he was settled in Spain,

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that he visited certain bars,

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he was happy there because of the expat community

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and he fitted in pretty nicely there.

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But despite information that Knight had been in Benidorm,

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by the time Olga arrived there to arrest him,

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he seemed to have disappeared.

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Two guys told us, "OK, we recognise him, he was here,

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"but he left this place, like, two months ago."

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Or something like that.

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Picking up the trail again proved difficult.

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It took a few months to actually nail down exactly

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where we thought he was in Alicante.

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But thanks to some excellent work from the Spanish,

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they did eventually secure one bar where we became pretty sure

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that he frequented there quite regularly.

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Olga then received a useful lead

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that would help her team spot Knight.

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They told us he was riding a bicycle.

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It was like a black bicycle with white wheels.

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So, it was kind of a weird bicycle.

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It's not the normal bicycle.

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And back at the National Crime Agency,

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officers also received some new information.

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An intelligence source in Spain told them that Knight

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was now a keen player on the Costa's poker circuit.

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The fact that he was playing poker was great.

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It gave us an idea that he was on a certain circuit,

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that he would be cropping up in potentially certain bars.

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But it wasn't just that. It was that once we knew what league

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he was playing in, what games he was playing in,

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we could work out where he was going to be and at what time.

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It was a big breakthrough.

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Now police knew about Knight's gaming habits,

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it seemed the chips were finally down

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for one of the UK's most wanted fugitives.

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In south-west London,

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DS Pete Rance and DC Jamie Darby have arrested a man

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wanted by Belgian police.

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-Jump on there. You've got some ID, have you?

-Yes, yes.

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He fled the country part way through a prison sentence

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-for assaulting his wife.

-Understood.

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-You're not in trouble in the UK.

-No, sir.

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But there's a warrant been issued in Belgium and Belgium have asked us

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to execute the warrant, it's a European Arrest Warrant.

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-Yeah, but...

-OK, so, listen, so you have to go to court in London.

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If Pete doesn't get his man in front of a judge as soon as possible,

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the case could be thrown out.

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They need to take him to Westminster Magistrates' Court

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first thing in the morning

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because it's the only court in England and Wales

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that deals with extradition requests.

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But first, he must be processed at a police station.

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Pete takes him to Charing Cross.

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Charing Cross is a central London police station.

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It works for us because it's very close to the court

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where the people that are going to be taken in extradition proceedings.

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The police want to take your fingerprints,

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photograph and a DNA sample.

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OK, once the samples are taken,

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they can be used for crime investigation purposes

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and to check your identity.

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Take your glasses off for me, please? Cheers.

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Look straight at the camera. Yeah, yeah.

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Jamie and his colleague DC Dave Salmon

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check the arrested man into custody.

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Thank you very much.

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Gathering DNA and adding it to the database

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is an important part of the process.

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We do this with every extradition prisoner.

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It'll be on file

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and it can be compared against the database as well,

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just in case they've been committing other crimes here.

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-Just relax when I roll them, OK? Just relax.

-All right.

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Cooperation between European police forces

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and the sharing of this kind of information across borders

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is key to tracking down men and women on the run.

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My job is to ascertain that he was the person that was wanted.

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But as a priority, to make sure that that woman and the children

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were safe and free from any potential harm from him now.

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And I was happy that we'd done that,

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that there was no risk to the kids or to her.

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And then it was about arranging for him to go before the court,

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so that the extradition proceedings could commence.

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The man convicted back in 2009 of domestic violence offences

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in Belgium will spend the night in the cells.

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He'll appear before a judge in the morning.

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In 2014, Olga Lizana, head of the Spanish police's fugitive unit,

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was on the hunt for British criminal Robert Knight.

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Six years earlier,

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he avoided arrest in Birmingham when police closed the net

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on his drug-smuggling gang.

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The more we investigated,

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the more we realised that Rob Knight was the one with the contacts,

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he was the one to facilitate the drugs,

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and he was the one that sort of glued the whole operation together.

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After new appeals and months of painstaking research,

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police were close to capturing the fugitive.

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There will always be one piece of intelligence

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that sort of helps take us over the line.

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For us in the case of Robert Knight,

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it was the fact that he played poker so much

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and that he was so heavily involved in it.

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We got some information about the bar, Saffy's Bar in Calpe.

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They told us "British people play poker here,"

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I think it was every Thursday or something like that.

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So, we move over there.

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Over the past few months,

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Olga had discovered that Robert Knight

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was a keen poker player who rode a distinctive bicycle.

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We didn't see him getting into the bar.

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The first thing we saw was a bicycle outside.

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We decided to wait a little bit to see what was going on.

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We didn't see any people just getting in or out.

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So, we decided to go there and get a drink.

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And sure enough, inside the bar,

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a poker school was just settling in for the evening.

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We have a regular game,

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a friendly game of poker on a Thursday,

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and we were just getting ready for that, really,

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getting all the chips ready and running around for that.

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There was a few people in for the bar.

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Just normal, really.

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We just sat tight.

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We were trying to check if Robert Knight was there or not.

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At the beginning, we were not sure,

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so we were just going in and out to check if it was him or not.

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We were pretty sure, so we decided

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to get into the bar and ask everybody for their documents.

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But even when Olga approached Knight,

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he was still trying to call her bluff.

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When I asked him for the papers,

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he showed me a kind of copy of his passport, but it was not a real one.

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I asked him about his name.

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And he said the name that was on the passport.

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He was not nervous or anything.

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Robert Knight seemed confident his change of appearance

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and fake passport would do the trick,

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even when the odds were stacked against him.

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He thought we were just checking the names or anything,

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so he moved from the table.

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He was asking for another beer, till we just told him,

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"OK, we know you are Robert Knight and you are under arrest."

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But still, it seemed nothing would rattle the one-time drug smuggler.

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He said, "Before you take me, I need to pay me bill."

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So, I was happy, because I'm a Yorkshireman.

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He had a bike outside, chained up, he says, "You can keep the bike."

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I says, "You what?" He says, "You can keep the bike."

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I says, "Why?" He says, "I don't think I'll be back."

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After six years on the run, Knight was finally captured.

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But bizarrely, he didn't seem at all concerned

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that his life as a fugitive had come to an end.

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There is between

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40 and 50 kilometres between Calpe and Alicante,

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we were taking him to the police station in Alicante.

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And he was sleeping in the car.

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To me, it seemed that he was not worried about

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the stuff that was going on.

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He kept saying at the police station that we were wrong,

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"I am another person."

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Robert Knight's bluffing bravado didn't last.

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UK officers were summoned to Alicante to confirm his identity.

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We scrambled pretty quickly to make sure because they were uncertain.

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Obviously, he had forged documents on him and his appearance

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had changed a great deal.

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It felt really good, actually, because when we saw him,

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we arrested him and took him on the airport, he was still denying.

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Firstly, he was still talking to us that he wasn't Rob Knight

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and secondly, he was saying, well, he wasn't on the run.

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He made great pains to say, "Nobody told me I was wanted.

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"I'd been living out there freely."

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In October 2014,

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officers escorted the drug dealer back to the UK to stand trial.

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He didn't realise how much we actually knew about him.

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He didn't realise that we knew how he was writing letters home

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and everything else he was doing.

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For the NCA, it was a great end to six long years of intelligence work.

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The satisfaction of making that phone call

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to the officer in the force who's also lived the case with you,

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being able to make that phone call and say, "We've got them,

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"we've got them arrested, they're in custody,

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"they've got the cuffs on them,"

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that is the best feeling in the job.

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Six years to the day he fled the UK,

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in April 2015, Robert Knight was sentenced to 11 years in prison

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at Birmingham Crown Court for drug smuggling.

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Six months after Met officers arrested the man

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with an outstanding prison sentence to serve for domestic violence,

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the Belgian authorities decided to withdraw the European Arrest Warrant

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they'd issued for him.

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And Przemyslaw Wojciechowski

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was successfully deported back to Poland in June 2016

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to serve the rest of his sentence for supplying drugs.

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Robert Knight was part of an organised gang of smugglers based in Birmingham. Back in early 2008, West Midlands Police were on their trail, but once they had seized a shipment of cocaine worth £300,000 at Heathrow, Knight went on the run. Intelligence from the National Crime Agency led to his dramatic arrest in a Spanish bar by Spain's Detective Olga Lizana.

In east London, the Metropolitan Police's Extradition team are on the hunt for a man with a history of domestic violence.

And in Worcerstershire, PCs Danny Evans and Karl Lacey have a long list of fugitives to find. Top of the list is a 33-year-old drug dealer who has already been sentenced to two years in prison back in Poland.