One of six most wanted arrested in Amsterdam
The new Dutch Crimestoppers operation saw the arrest of its first target yesterday.
James Vincent Muldoon, 30, of Liverpool, absconded from his trial for armed robbery in 2007 and was sentenced in his absence to 13 years in prison.
He was believed to be on the run in the Netherlands and became one of six men on the ‘most wanted’ list when SOCA, Crimestoppers UK, BelM (Dutch Crimestoppers), Amsterdam Police and the Amsterdam office of the Public Prosecution Office launched Operation Return in March.
This joint initiative aims to prevent UK fugitives hiding from the law in Amsterdam. A similar Crimestoppers campaign in Spain – Operation Captura – has successfully led to the return of 31 of the 50 most wanted fugitives hiding out on the Spanish Costas. Some of the criminals wanted there are thought to have moved on to Amsterdam because the campaign in Spain made life too uncomfortable for them.
Muldoon was arrested on 21 April at a house in Amstelveen. He is now in custody and will appear before a Dutch court in the near future in relation to his extradition to the UK.