Developing

Naked UK Fugitive Found In Villa Panic Room

One of Britain's most wanted men has been caught hiding naked in a panic room at his luxury Spanish villa.

Convicted drug trafficker Mark Lilley was captured when more than 40 armed officers smashed their way into the house in Malaga.

Officers were unable to get into his panic room, but he surrendered when he realised there was no escape.

He had rushed to the sealed room - hidden behind a wardrobe in his bedroom - after dogs he kept in his garden began barking, alerting him to the dawn raid on Saturday.

Lilley, who went on the run in 2000 when he skipped bail during his trial, was able to watch the raid unfolding with a computer linked to CCTV cameras.

Footage of the operation shows officers climbing over a gate before running to Lilley's front door and breaking it down with a battering ram.

He is seen being handcuffed with a strip of cloth wrapped around his waist.

A police helicopter hovered above the villa in the Alhurin de la Torre area during the raid, which was a joint operation by the Spanish National Police and Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).

A handgun was recovered.

Extradition proceedings have begun to return Lilley to the UK.

After going on the run, Lilley, 41, from Warrington, Cheshire, was given a 23-year prison sentence in his absence for masterminding a large-scale drug operation and firearm offences.

Dave Allen, head of the fugitives unit at Soca, said: "Lilley was a dangerous man with access to firearms. He had evaded capture for a long time by moving around Spain and using false identities.

"My message for other fugitives on the run is a simple one - we will hunt you down and you will face justice for your crimes."

Roger Critchell, director of operations at Crimestoppers, said: "We are extremely relieved that this dangerous drug dealer has been arrested and will be made to face justice."

Lilley was the 51st suspect located out of 65 wanted by Operation Captura officers.

Anyone with information about fugitives can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.