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Alleged rapist arrested in Ireland after over 10 years on the run

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Andrew Roper's image from a Crimestoppers search in 2007
Andrew Roper's image from a Crimestoppers search in 2007

An alleged rapist has been arrested in Clonakilty after being on the run from authorities in the UK for 13 years.

The Examiner report that Andrew Roper was arrested in the Cork town on June 17 and he now faces possible extradition back to Britain.

Roper was arrested in the UK in 2001 when a rape allegation was made against him by a woman in Blackpool.

Roper was charged and was due to appear in court in Preston in April 2002. He never showed up and a warrant was subsequently issued for his arrest.

Police in another part of the UK, in Kent, also wanted to speak to the taxi driver regarding an assault that occured in late 2005.

He was even listed as one of Britain's most wanted men in 2006 following an appeal by UK Crimestoppers and he was picked up in Clonakilty on foot of a European arrest warrant.

Roper was denied bail at a hearing last week and his extradition case goes before the courts on Tuesday.