UK fugitive appears in Spanish court

Police released dramatic video footage of Andrew Moran’s arrest

Undated handout photo issued by police   of  Andrew Moran’s arrest in   the resort of Calpe in Alicante on Friday. Photograph: Serious Organised Crime Agency/PA Wire

Undated handout photo issued by police of Andrew Moran’s arrest in the resort of Calpe in Alicante on Friday. Photograph: Serious Organised Crime Agency/PA Wire

Mon, May 13, 2013, 15:11

One of Britain’s most wanted fugitives appeared in a Spanish court today to face extradition charges.

Andrew Moran (31), from Salford, Greater Manchester, agreed to return to the UK to face trial at a hearing in Madrid’s Audiencia Nacional, a spokesman for Serious Organised Crime Agency said.

But local prosecutors are still deciding whether to try him in Spain for crimes committed while in the country, meaning he would not return to the UK until his sentence there was served.

Video

Moran, who was arrested in the resort of Calpe in Alicante on Friday after four years on the run, vaulted the dock in a Burnley courtroom in 2009 as he went on trial over a £25,000 armed robbery of Royal Mail guards.

He was convicted in his absence for the cash in transit theft in 2005 in Colne, Lancashire.