Convicted killer on Britain’s ‘most wanted’ list captured in Spain

NewsBy Karl Doyle
Shane Walford
Shane Walford

A convicted killer has been arrested, days after he appeared on a list of Britain's most wanted fugitives believed to be on the run in Spain.

Shane Walford was detained in the Canary Islands by Spanish police on Saturday morning.

The 38-year-old's arrest comes days after he featured in a list published by the National Crime Agency (NCA) as part of Operation Captura, which targets wanted suspects who are thought to have fled to Spain.

Ex-soldier Walford was jailed in 2010 for the manslaughter of an off-duty fireman while on leave from the Army.

Walford, a former boxer, killed father-of-two Paul Gibbons with a single punch outside a bar in Coventry.

He was jailed for four-and-a-half years but was recalled to prison in August 2013 after breaking the terms of his licence.

An NCA spokesman said: "Shane Walford was arrested by Spanish national police yesterday morning in the Canary Islands."