Most wanted armed robber arrested

James Muldoon, 30, of Liverpool, one of Britain's most wanted  criminals

James Muldoon, [right] 30, of Liverpool, one of Britain’s most wanted criminals

One of Britain’s most wanted criminals has been arrested by Dutch police in Amsterdam.

Armed robber James Muldoon, 30, of Liverpool, was held at a flat in the Amstelveen suburb of the city.

The Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) said he was caught after a tip-off weeks after his name appeared in a list of wanted men.

Muldoon was the first of six criminals whose identities were released in March who are thought to be hiding in the Netherlands to be caught.

He was convicted of stealing goods worth £41,000 from two lorries at a Grantham depot in which a security guard was attacked and jailed for 13 years in his absence.

Senior officers suspect the Dutch city has become a popular haven for crooks looking to keep out of the reach of the law.

Fugitives are attracted to the area because it is English-speaking with established, and partially-legalised, drug and prostitution networks.

The public appeal, orchestrated by Crimestoppers, follows in the footsteps of a similar crackdown targeting the “Costa del Crime” of southern Spain.

The other five men wanted for serious crimes committed in Britain, including drug smuggling, selling weapons, robbery, manslaughter and rape, remain on the r

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