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Man with Irish links tops list of 10 most-wanted fugitives 'hiding in Spain'

Crime WorldBy Sunday World
Shane O'Brien, a British fugitive who has ties to Ireland
Shane O'Brien, a British fugitive who has ties to Ireland

Here is a list of the 10 most wanted British fugitives thought to be hiding in Spain:

- Shane O'Brien, 28, is accused of murdering 21-year-old Josh Hanson in an unprovoked knife attack in a bar in Hillingdon, west London in October 2015. Police believe he has "strong links" to Spain, is using a false identity and has been helped to avoid capture. Another line of investigation is that he may be in Dubai. O'Brien also has ties to Ireland. A £20,000 reward is on offer for information leading to his arrest and prosecution. O'Brien has a birthmark on his face and a tattoo on his back that says "Shannon 15-04-06".

- Jamie Acourt, 40, from south east London, was allegedly part of a cannabis-dealing gang between January 2014 and February 2016. He is 5ft 8in and athletic, with a pale complexion, dark brown hair, brown eyes, and sometimes wears glasses. Acourt is a suspect in the 1993 racist murder of teenager Stephen Lawrence.

Jamie Acourt

- Suspected fraudster Mark Acklom, 43, from London, allegedly posed as a Swiss banker and an MI6 agent as he fleeced a woman whom he said he would marry out of £850,000. He is wanted by Avon and Somerset Police for fraud by false representation after starting the relationship with a woman from Bath in January 2012. He allegedly deceived her into lending him more and more money, apparently for renovation work on a property that she later discovered he did not own. He is 5ft 10in and has dark brown hair and green eyes.

Mark Acklom

- Violent offender Jonathan Kelly, 36, from Glasgow, who paralysed one victim in a machete attack, is wanted after going on the run when he was released on licence in 2014. He has convictions for a string of violent crimes including assaults causing severe injury and permanent disfigurement, robbery, and having a sharply pointed weapon in prison. He was also subject to a sexual offences prevention order. Kelly is 5ft 10in, heavily built, and has blue/grey eyes, short, brown hair and occasionally has a beard. There are scars to both sides of his face, on his arms and right hand.

Jonathan Kelly

- Suspected paedophile Steven Carruthers, 43, from Bury, Greater Manchester, iswanted by Cumbria Police after officers found more than 5,000 obscene images of children, including some being sexually abused, on his computer. He was interviewed after police raided his home in Ambleside, Cumbria in March 2014 and denied committing any crimes, then went on the run when he was released on bail. He is 5ft 8in and has short, brown hair or a shaved head, and blue eyes.

Steven Carruthers

- Sarah Panitzke, 42, from Fulford, North Yorkshire, laundered £1 billion as part of a massive tax fraud. She went on the run in May 2013 before the end of her trial for conspiracy to acquire criminal property, and in her absence was sentenced to eight years in prison. Panitzke is 5ft 7in, slim, and has "mousey", straight hair, and blue eyes.

Sarah Panitzke

- Dominic McInally, 25, from Liverpool is allegedly the boss of a cocaine-dealing gang that pulled in £1.25 million per month. It is claimed that members of the drug ring travelled to the border of France and Belgium in January 2014 to pick up 6kg of the class A drug and hid it in a secret compartment in a Seat Leon, before it was seized by police. McInally is 5ft 10in and has blond hair.

Dominic McInally

- Mark Quinn, 52, from Liverpool, is wanted by Police Scotland for allegedly being involved in a drug dealing gang that made, smuggled and sold amphetamine with a street value of more than £11 million between August 2013 and April 2014. He is 5ft 9in and has short, brown hair.

Mark Quinn

- Suspected drug dealer Simon McGuffie, 41, from Liverpool is accused of being part of a Merseyside gang that sold cocaine, heroin and cannabis across the North West. He has a two-inch (5cm) scar on his right cheek, and a scarred right arm.

Simon McGuffie

- Matthew Sammon, 45, from Croydon, south London, is wanted on suspicion of making and possessing indecent photographs of children. He was arrested and questioned in April 2014, but went on the run when he was released on bail and has not been seen since. He is 5ft 9in and has short, brown hair.

Matthew Sammon