26 Aug, 2010 @ 10:48
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Spanish arrest of Britain’s most wanted

By Wendy Williams

SPANISH police have arrested one of Britain’s most wanted men on suspicion of murder.

Discovered in the up-market resort of Puerto Banus in Marbella, James Tomkins, 61, was arrested after a four-year manhunt by officers working on behalf of the Metropolitan police.

In a bid to escape, the fugitive jumped out of a window but was pursued by air support and caught by officers on the ground.

He is wanted in connection with a fatal drive-by shooting in Hornchurch, Essex, in 2006 in which Rocky Dawson, 24, was shot dead outside his parents’ home as he was putting his two children into his car.

Tomkins – who disappeared after the murder – is suspected of being at the wheel of a stolen Land Rover used during the crime and of helping to destroy evidence.

Contract killer Christopher Pearman, of Waltham Abbey, was jailed for life in 2007 after pleading guilty to the murder.

But officers have been unable to find the motive behind the killing.

They had wanted to question Tomkins in relation to murder and had offered a reward of £20,000 for information that would lead to his capture.

Tomkins is now due in court in Madrid on Friday for extradition proceedings.

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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