One of UK's most wanted fugitives is arrested in Switzerland after two years on the run

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
Wanted fugitive Mark Acklom has been arrested in Switzerland (SWNS)

One of Britain’s most wanted fugitives has finally been arrested in Switzerland after he spent two years on the run.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) confirmed that alleged fraudster Mark Acklom was apprehended at a luxury apartment in Zurich where he had been living under a false name.

Acklom, 45, is said to have fleeced a woman out of £850,000 in life savings after posing as an MI6 agent in a romance scam.

The 45-year-old is said to have fleeced a woman out of £850,000 in life savings (SWNS)
Acklom (right) is currently in custody awaiting extradition (SWNS)

Currently in custody awaiting extradition, he faces criminal proceedings for a total of 20 fraud offences when he goes before a British court.

A European Arrest Warrant was issued for Acklom in June 2016 and he was believed to be at large in Spain, having been released from a Spanish prison over a £200,000 property fraud.

In May last year he was spotted in Geneva, where he was believed to have been with his family.

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Ian Cruxton, head of international operations for the NCA, said: ‘Like many fugitives, Acklom believed he could remain at large by travelling around Europe, but our international reach means there is no safe place to hide.

‘He was arrested late on Saturday night after the apartment where he was living under a false name was identified.’