A BENEFIT fraudster exposed by the Olive Press while on the run in Spain has been arrested.

Norman Brennan, 70, fled Britain in 2008 after pleading guilty to embezzling almost 120,000 in false benefit claims.

He spent five years in the Costa del Sol, and was tracked down in 2011 at an address in Mijas by the Olive Press after the Junta, police and government failed to act on tip offs from his neighbour.

Earlier this month UK pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith intervened in the case, after the Olive Press story was picked up by Sky News.

Merseyside Police announced earlier in the week the Liverpudlian pensioner had been arrested.