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Saturday 18 August 2018

Irishman one of Costa del Sol's most wanted

LIST: Man is suspected of child sex offences

AN IRISHMAN suspected of child sex offences is on a list of the Costa del Sol's most wanted along with the chief suspect in the murder of a Dublin tourist.

Patrick Pious Hancox (67) is wanted for child sex offences and child abduction.

Hancox, originally from Dublin, was arrested in Britain on suspicion of these charges in 2008. He was served with a Notice precluding him to have contact with the victim -- conditions which were broken.

He was subsequently charged with the offences, but he failed to answer bail and a warrant for his arrest was issued.

Another man, Darren O'Flaherty (36), of Liverpool, is wanted by British police after a lorry driver was held at knifepoint.

O'Flaherty is also the prime suspect in the murder of innocent Dubliner John O'Neill, who was shot dead in a crowded bar in the Spanish resort of Benalmadena last summer.

Mr O'Neill was shot dead because of a row over a toilet cubicle which he was not involved in.

He had travelled to Spain to celebrate the wedding of a friend and was with his heartbroken girlfriend at the time of his death.

Hancox and O'Flaherty are among the 10 faces of the latest suspected criminals hiding from police on the 'Costa del Crime'.

Investigators want the public to help them trace fugitives thought to be on the run in the Costa del Sol region of Spain.

Among those on the latest 'most wanted' list are men suspected of murder, child sex offences, kidnapping, robbery and drug smuggling.

They include a string of high-profile British gangland figures linked to organised crime, murder and violence.



WANTED

One of them is Anthony Fraser, grandson of former violent East End gangland enforcer "mad" Frankie Fraser, and son of a convicted drug smuggler.

The 39-year-old Londoner is wanted over the importation of two tonnes of cannabis -- worth £5m (€5.9m) -- hidden in a lorry load of frozen chicken from Holland in 2009.

Others included Glaswegian William Paterson (31) wanted over the murder of gangster Kevin 'Gerbil' Carroll in January last year.

The Serious Organised Crime Agency and the Spanish police authorities are also involved in the move, codenamed Operation Captura.

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