Tenerife? Where else. When it comes to hiding from the law, there is no problems for them to return to their Islamic countries that they “flee” from. They have no worries about safety and wars then.
Revealed: Secret life of on-the-run rapist arrested in Tenerife who fled the UK six years ago and led the police on a trail of deception
- Mohammed Alam, 33, was convicted of raping a woman in March 2010
- He fled the UK and was sentenced in his absence to 14 years in jail
- Police were tipped off in May that he was living in Tenerife
- Dodged police with an elaborate plot of different addresses and jobs
- He was arrested on Monday afternoon in Tenerife and will be extradited
A sex attacker who spent six years on the run after raping a woman in Cheltenham has been arrested after living a secret life in Tenerife for months, dodging police with an elaborate plot of different addresses and jobs.
Fugitive rapist Mohammed Alam, 33, was finally arrested on Monday as he enjoyed a meal at a restaurant in Playa de las Americas, a resort packed with tourists and most of them Brits.
The Bangladeshi national fled the UK before he was convicted and sentenced in his absence in March 2010 to 14 years in jail for raping a woman in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
Alam featured on the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) 2015 most wanted list as part of the Operation Capture fugitive campaign after Gloucestershire police asked for assistance, believing he had fled to Spain.
It is not yet known how long he had been hiding in Tenerife but police in the Canaries say they were tipped off in May that he was probably somewhere on the island.
A five-month investigation then followed involving the Organised Crime Group based in the island’s capital of Santa Cruz.
Alam tried to hide by using a false identity and according to the head of the Canary police, frequently moved house and changed his work many times in a bid to make the trail go cold.
But police had tracked his movements down to the last detail and arrested him under a European warrant.
‘He had led a trail of disguise which significantly hindered our investigations,’ said a police spokesman.
Alam had been living in the British tourist hotspot of Tenerife for months, dodging police with an elaborate plot of different addresses and jobs (file photo).
His last known address was in London but the National Crime Agency had suspected for some time that he had fled to Spain which proved the case.
Alam was taken to the main police station in Playa de las Americas. It is believed he will be brought back to Britain within the next two weeks after extradition proceedings begin today when he appears at the Spanish National Court in Madrid.
Detective Sergeant Paul Howell, of Gloucestershire police, said: ‘We hope this result shows criminals that they will be convicted even if they try to get away and escape under the radar.’
It follows the arrest of suspected paedophile Matthew Sammon, another on the most wanted list, who was captured in Fuengirola in the Costa del Sol last Thursday.
Steve Reynolds, NCA Head of International Operations, said: ‘Locating and arresting Alam after he had been on the run for six years is a fantastic result.
‘This was a team effort to get justice for his victim and he will now be returned to the UK to serve a 14-year jail term.’
The NCA said in a tweet they had now caught 78 out of 96 fugitives on the most wanted Spain list.