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Face of wanted Scot Derek McGraw Ferguson shown in Spain

Derek McGraw Ferguson's face on van Image copyright NCA

A Scot is on a list of Britain's most wanted fugitives whose faces are being broadcast around Spanish expat areas.

Operation Captura aims to track down suspects believed to be hiding among British communities in the Spanish Costas, including Benidorm, Malaga and Puerto Banus.

Derek McGraw Ferguson, 51, is being hunted in connection with the murder of a man in Bishopbriggs in 2007.

His image features on a digital screen, attached to the back of a van.

It is touring around expat areas and park outside nightclubs, bars, supermarkets and restaurants.

'Extra eyes'

Ferguson is wanted over the fatal shooting of barman Thomas Cameron in the car park of the Auchinairn Tavern in Bishopbriggs on 28 June 2007.

He is described as being between 5ft and 5ft 2in with green/blue eyes and short, balding brown/grey hair.

The initiative is the latest push to track down the 18 remaining individuals wanted as part of Operation Captura.

Image copyright NCA
Image copyright NCA
Image copyright NCA

Captura, a multi-agency initiative between Crimestoppers, the National Crime Agency and Spanish authorities, is now in its ninth year.

Steve Reynolds, NCA deputy director, said: "We've caught 68 out of 86 fugitives on the Captura list and the rest know we won't stop until we catch them too.

"By taking our campaign directly into Spanish communities where we believe they are living and socialising, their lives will become even more uncomfortable. We want British expats and locals to help us by being extra eyes and ears and telling us what they know."

He added: "These fugitives are wanted for serious crimes. Anyone who is helping them stay on the run, such as girlfriends, wives, family members back home, or criminal associates, should know that assisting them is an offence too.

"There may also be people in the UK with vital information on the whereabouts of these fugitives and we would urge them to get in touch."

'Nowhere to hide'

Roger Critchell, director of operations for Crimestoppers, said: "This is something that we have never done before but we believe that broadcasting these fugitives' faces right in their back yards will not only encourage the public to speak up but show these individuals that there really is nowhere to hide.

"There will be no avoiding the faces on this screen - they'll be broadcast in all the popular expat areas.

"I would urge anyone who recognises any of those faces to contact Crimestoppers anonymously. We don't take personal details and you won't have to give a statement or go to court.

"Many of these fugitives are currently living a life of leisure funded by serious crime. They cannot be allowed to hide forever, they must be brought to justice. Do the right thing and help us find them."

Crimestoppers and the NCA works closely with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Madrid and with British and Spanish law enforcement agencies as part of the campaign.

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