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Tourist helps nab most wanted man.

Britain's most wanted man has been arrested by armed police in a bar on the French Riviera.

Victor Farrant, 46, was detained in Nice after a tip-off from a hitch- hiker.

The foreign hiker, who is travelling around Europe, saw a TV appeal about Farrant after he had arrived in Britain.

He phoned Hampshire police and said he had seen the fugitive at a bar in Nice just a week earlier.

Farrant now faces extradition proceedings to bring him back to the UK after five months on the run.

He fled to Belgium on the day his former lover, Glenda Hoskins, 45, was found dead in her marina home in Port Solent, Hants, in February. He is also wanted for questioning about the attempted murder of escort agency boss Anne Fidler, 43, in Eastleigh, Hants.

A Hampshire police spokesman said: "Proceedings have now begun with a view to bringing Victor Farrant back for questioning."

British officers leading the hunt arrived in Nice yesterday to liaise with French police who had detained Farrant.

Det Chief Insp Paul Stickler said: "It was a very simple arrest and there was no struggle or chase involved."
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Author:May, Fiona
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jul 7, 1996
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