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Most wanted Midlands duo are shown on Spain screens; FUGITIVE FACES BROADCASTED IN EX-PAT HOT SPOTS.

Byline: James Cartledge Staff Reporter james.cartledge@trinitymirror.com

PICTURES of the Midlands' mostwanted fugitives are being driven around Spain's Costa del Crime on 13ft screens in a new bid to bring them to justice.

Michael Roden and Paul Buchanan are believed to be lying low in ex-pat resorts in an attempt to dodge the long arm of the law.

Roden, aged 25 and from Redditch, is wanted by West Midlands Police on suspicion of conspiracy to import cannabis.

Buchanan, aged 29 and originally from New York, is being hunted by the West Mercia force on suspicion of attempted rape.

Their images are among 18 being driven around resorts including Benidorm, Malaga and Puerto Banus by the Crimestoppers charity and the National Crime Agency.

They are displayed on a giant screen attached to the back of a van which is parking outside nightclubs, bars, supermarkets and restaurants.

The campaign is part of Operation Captura, which targets British fugitives believed to be hiding among ex-pat communities in the Spanish Costas.

So far 68 of 86 wanted individuals have been caught.

Roger Critchell, director of operations for Crimestoppers, said: "We believe broadcasting these fugitives' faces right in their back yards will not only encourage the public to speak up but show these individuals there really is nowhere hide.

"There will be no avoiding the faces on this screen - they will be broadcast in all the popular ex-pat areas.

"I would urge anyone who recognises any of those faces to contact Crimestoppers anonymously. "We don't take personal details and you won't have to give a statement or go to court.

"Many of these fugitives are currently living a life of leisure funded by serious crime.

"They cannot be allowed to hide forever, they must be brought to justice. Do the right thing and help us find them."

Captura, an initiative between Crimestoppers, the NCA and Spanish authorities, is in its ninth year. NCA deputy director Steve Reynolds said: "We've caught 68 out of 86 fugitives on the Captura list and the rest know we won't stop until we catch them too.

"By taking our campaign directly into Spanish communities where we believe they are living and socialising, their lives will become even more uncomfortable. We want British ex-pats and locals to help us by being extra eyes and ears and telling us what they know.

"These fugitives are wanted for serious crimes."

Mr Reynolds warned associates of the fugitives who helped them evade capture could be prosecuted.

"Anyone who is helping them stay on the run, such as girlfriends, wives, family members back home, or criminal associates, should know that assisting them is an offence too," he said.

"There may also be people in the UK with vital information on the whereabouts of these fugitives and we would urge them to get in touch."

Lord Ashcroft, founder of Crimestoppers, said Operation Captura had been a "huge success".

He added: "However, there are still a number of criminals who are evading arrest.

"We must ensure these individuals are brought to justice."

'"We've caught 68 out of 86 fugitives on the Captura list and the rest know we won't stop until we catch them too. NCA DEPUTY DIRECTOR STEVE REYNOLDS

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