Friday, December 27, 2019

One of UK's most wanted men arrested as he sat to eat Christmas dinner

One of the UK's most wanted men has been arrested by Dutch police as he sat down to eat his Christmas dinner.

Daniel Burdett, 28, from Liverpool, was detained on a European Arrest Warrant at a restaurant in The Hague on Christmas Day after five years on the run, a spokesman for the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

Investigators suspect Burdett, also wanted by Merseyside Police for drugs offences, is the ringleader of a criminal gang believed to be using corrupt lorry drivers to smuggle firearms and ammunition from the Netherlands into the UK.

He faces 10 charges of conspiracy to import firearms and conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs.

Burdett has previously featured in the Liverpool ECHO's festive fugitive campaign to track down Merseyside's most-wanted.

Burdett is due to appear before Dutch magistrates who will consider extraditing him to the UK to face the charges.