News: Detectives warn criminals: ‘We’ll catch you wherever you run’ after arresting armed robbery fugitive in Tenerife

News: Detectives warn criminals: ‘We’ll catch you wherever you run’ after arresting armed robbery fugitive in Tenerife

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A convicted armed robber who escaped custody while being transported to court has been arrested in a luxury Spanish resort after breaching his licence conditions.

Aaron Williams, from Salford, was jailed in 2010 for 12 years after being sprung from a security van as it arrived at Salford Magistrates’ Court.

The brazen 33-year-old then went on to commit an armed robbery while on the run.

He was jailed at Hull Crown Court and after being released one of the conditions of his licence was that he had to surrender his passport and could not travel abroad without approval from a probation officer, the MEN reports.

He managed to reach Spain by using a passport of a relative.

But he was tracked down to a hotel in Playa Paraiso in Santa Cruz, by a crack GMP team, for breaching his condition not to travel abroad.

A GMP spokesperson said: “We are aware of an arrest carried out by the Spanish National Police in Tenerife following a European Arrest Warrant. 

Extradition

“We are working closely with the European authorities to support the extradition process.”

Williiams was arrested by heavily armed officers from Spain’s National Police after an operation by Greater Manchester Police to locate him.

He had been on the run again since November 2018 after breaching his licence.

Detective Inspector Claire McGuire of GMP’s Force Critical Wanted Unit, a special team within the Serious Crime Division, which mounted a seven month hunt for Williams, told the MEN: “Criminals may feel safe when they go abroad because of easy access with cheap flights and the ex-pat community there.

“But we will leave no stone unturned to find them and track them down. Just because they are in the sunshine does not mean we will not come after them.”

 

“We have carried out investigations in the UK and in Spain to pursue and locate Aaron Williams and then used international contacts to arrest him. The team did a fantastic job. His licence has now been revoked.”

Williams, from Damask Avenue in Salford at the time, was sprung by an armed gang from the security van in March 2007.

Life on Mars

He was believed to have faked his own kidnapping from the van in an escape that echoed a plot from hit TV cop drama Life On Mars.

Six days later he was involved in a £70,000 robbery in East Yorkshire in which a security guard and a police man were threatened with machetes.  

At Hull Crown Court, Williams pleaded guilty to escape from lawful custody and armed robbery.  

He was sentenced to nine years for the armed robbery and three for the escape from lawful custody. The sentences are to run consecutively. 

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After being sprung, Williams remained on the run for eight months.  

Four other men from Salford and Prestwich who were involved in the robbery at the Nationwide Building Society in Pocklington, East Riding, East Yorkshire, were given lengthy prison sentences. 

Williams was caught on November 16, 2009, when two off duty GMP officers spotted him in Rawtenstall in Lancashire. They were later commended for their bravery.

Williams was later described by Detective Sergeant Aaron Duggan, from Greater Manchester Police’s Robbery Unit, as ‘an extremely dangerous individual who, along with his accomplices, has terrified a number of innocent people’.



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