Robber Brian James Waite held after seven years on run

Brian James Waite
Image caption Detectives believe Brian James Waite may have committed further crimes

A convicted robber on the run from an open prison has been arrested after seven years.

Brian James Waite, 43, originally from Leeds, was arrested in Lewisham, south London, earlier.

Waite left HMP North Sea Camp in Lincolnshire three years into an 11-year sentence for stealing £25,000 from a Securicor van in Cardiff.

Detectives believe he may have committed further crimes while on the run.

An appeal for Waite's whereabouts featured on the BBC's Crimewatch programme in March after a possible sighting of him in Leeds' East End Park.

Forged passport

It had been suggested he had gone home to receive medical treatment for an ongoing liver condition.

Police said he was back in jail after being arrested by officers from the Metropolitan and West Yorkshire forces.

Detectives said they believed Waite had travelled between Spain, the Netherlands and the UK using a forged passport since leaving prison.

Det Insp Neil Hollis, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "Waite is an organised criminal who has been wanted for seven years.

"We believe he has travelled around extensively in this time and done everything he can to avoid the authorities."

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