Joe Bruno on the Mob – Operation Captura Organized By Crimestoppers in UK

 

In America we have Americas Most Wanted, and that Fox TV show has been instrumental in capturing dozens of known criminals, some of them vicious killers. Whitey Bulger is a perfect example.

http://www.amazon.com/Mobsters-Gangs-Crooks-Creeps-ebook/dp/B006H99D1U/ref=zg_bs_11010_5

Now in the United Kingdom, Operation Captura, a campaign organized by Crimestoppers and the Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA), is putting the screws to various thugs on the run by stepping up their campaign to capture them. Tops on their list are William Paterson and Derek Ferguson.

Patterson, from Glasgow, is wanted for murder of Kevin ‘Gerbil’ Carroll, who was shot to death in the car park of Asda in Robroyston in January in 2010. And Ferguson, from Glasgow, who is also known as William Henderson, is wanted for the murder of Thomas Cameron. Cameron was killed in 2007 at the Auchinairn Tavern in Bishopbriggs. Police say Ferguson has a number of distinguishing marks, including tattoos of an arrow and a dagger, and is missing a part of his left ear.

Operation Captura was started in 20006. Since then, 46 out of 60 criminals they set their sights on have been arrested. Other people on Operation Captura’s “most wanted” list include suspected murderers, sex offenders, and drug traffickers.

Lord Ashcroft, the founder of Crimestoppers said: “Operation Captura is a unique partnership that has seen huge success in bringing some of the UK’s most wanted fugitives to justice. A small number of suspected criminals see Spain as a safe place to evade law enforcement but, thanks to the confidence the UK, Spanish and ex-pat communities have in Crimestoppers, these individuals will not be able to escape justice for much longer.”

Andy Baker, deputy director for SOCA, said, “Operation Captura has proved immensely successful, not only in aiding the arrest of individuals attempting to hide amongst the ex-pat community in Spain, but also as a means of raising the profile of these individuals and making Spain a hostile environment for British criminals. We look forward to continuing this work with Crimestoppers and extending the programme to other countries popular with our ex-pats; where criminals mistakenly think they can hide from justice.”

For some reason, European criminals think of Spain as a safe haven to hide when they are wanted by the law. Now, with Operation Captura working hand-in-hand with Crimestoppers, this premise is quickly becoming passe.

I wouldn’t be surprised if more fugitives on Operation Captura’s wanted list aren’t arrested soon; Paterson and Ferguson among them.

The article below can be seen at:

http://news.stv.tv/scotland/west-central/275471-britains-most-wanted-kevin-gerbil-caroll-accused-thought-to-be-in-spain/

Britain’s most wanted: Kevin ‘Gerbil’ Carroll accused thought to be in Spain
Police appeal for suspects after gangland figure’s death and a separate murder in Bishopbriggs in 2007.
By Graham Fraser

A man wanted in connection with the shooting of a gangland figure in Glasgow is thought to be hiding out in Spain.
On the fifth anniversary of Operation Captura, a campaign organised by Crimestoppers and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), a new appeal has been launched on Thursday to find ten suspected criminals. Among them are William Paterson and Derek Ferguson.

Police want to question 32-year-old Paterson, from Glasgow, over the killing of Kevin ‘Gerbil’ Carroll, who was repeatedly shot in the car park of Asda in Robroyston in January last year.

Ross Monaghan has already appeared in court in connection with Carroll’s death. The 29-year-old denies murder and other charges and is set to go on trial next March.

Meanwhile Glasgow man Ferguson, who is also known as William Henderson, is wanted over the murder of Thomas Cameron.
Mr Cameron was killed in 2007 at the Auchinairn Tavern in Bishopbriggs. Police say 47-year-old Ferguson has a number of distinguishing marks, including tattoos of an arrow and a dagger, and is missing a part of his left ear.

Both Ferguson and Paterson have been on the radar of Operation Captura since February of this year. Other men on the “most wanted” list include suspected murderers, sex offenders, and drug traffickers.

One of them, 29-year-old Andrew Moran from Salford, is wanted in connection with a £25,000 armed robbery in Lancashire. Moran escaped after he assaulted a security guard then jumped over the dock of a courtroom in Burnley after a judge said he was going to be remanded in custody.

Since Operation Captura launched in October 2006, 46 out of 60 suspected criminals highlighted have been arrested.

Lord Ashcroft, founder and chair of Crimestoppers, said: “Operation Captura is a unique partnership that has seen huge success in bringing some of the UK’s most wanted fugitives to justice.
“A small number of suspected criminals see Spain as a safe place to evade law enforcement but, thanks to the confidence the UK, Spanish and ex-pat communities have in Crimestoppers, these individuals will not be able to escape justice for much longer.”

Andy Baker, deputy director for SOCA, said: “Operation Captura has proved immensely successful, not only in aiding the arrest of individuals attempting to hide amongst the ex-pat community in Spain, but also as a means of raising the profile of these individuals and making Spain a hostile environment for British criminals.

“We look forward to continuing this work with Crimestoppers and extending the programme to other countries popular with our ex-pats; where criminals mistakenly think they can hide from justice.”

Callers from Spain can contact a special freephone number on 900 555 111 which will be answered in the UK by Crimestoppers.

Information can also be passed on anonymously via the Crimestoppers number 0800 555 111.

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