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Find Britain’s most wanted criminals in Cyprus appeal launched

11 April 2014

The UK authorities have launched a fresh initiative to find some of Britain’s most wanted criminals, believed to be hiding in Cyprus.

11 men listed as fugitives from justice and wanted for crimes such as rape, fraud and drug smuggling are thought to be in Cyprus where there is a large British community, BBC online news reports.

In 2012 an operation was launched to find five of the men, alongside six new suspects.

Following operation Zygos in 2012, four men were arrested. The NCA and Crimestoppers hope the second campaign will be as successful.

The men are wanted for running a travel agency scam which defrauded 20,000 customers and an alleged horse racing betting and blood stocks fraud.

It is hoped the list will help to flush the suspects out of their hiding places

Jeffrey Bloor, 41, from Brighton, who is wanted by Sussex Police, is accused of being involved in a horse racing betting and bloodstocks scam worth millions of pounds

Richard Ardolino, 38, from Leeds, is wanted by West Midlands Police on suspicion of being part of a gang that fraudulently applied for mortgages to buy houses in the UK

Cypriot Osman Aydeniz, 35, who was last known to be living in London, is wanted by the NCA on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, conspiracy to commit theft and money laundering

Turk Ozgur Demir, 39, who was last known to be living in London, is also wanted as part of the same drugs conspiracy as Aydeniz

Ersin Mustafa, 38, from London, is wanted by City of London Police and the Financial Conduct Authority over allegations of insider dealing, worth around £2.5m

Christakis Philippou, 70, also known as Christakis Chrysostomou, is wanted by the Met Police after he was convicted of being involved in scams in which travel agency businesses were used to defraud 20,000 people.

Martin Evans, 52, from Swansea, is wanted for drug dealing, theft and fraudulent trading (top row centre)Cyprus News - Britains most wanted - Cyprus 2

Timur Mehmet, 40, who was born in London, is wanted by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs after being convicted in his absence and jailed for eight years for a £25m tax fraud

Hasan Akarcay, 57, is a Turkish Cypriot wanted by West Yorkshire Police after an associate of his was found transporting 27.5lb (12.5kg) of diamorphine, a drug similar to heroin, from London to Bradford

Costas Sampson, 23, is a Greek Cypriot wanted by the Met Police after being convicted in 2012 of the rape of a woman he met at a London nightclub two years earlier

Mehmet Salih, 42, a Turkish Cypriot, is wanted by Leicestershire Police on suspicion of dealing in cocaine between December 2010 and November 2011

All 11 men have European arrest warrants issued against them.

Anyone with information on the fugitives is asked to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if in the UK, or 8000 55 11 if in Cyprus.

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