15:39 Tuesday 05 March 2013

Wanted Stortford man jailed

Written byNATALIE DEARMAN

A BISHOP'S Stortford man who evaded police since 2008 has been sentenced to eight months in custody after an international arrest warrant was carried out in Spain.

Michael Cameron, 27, of Thorn Grove, was wanted by police in Hertfordshire for three counts of possession of criminal property and perverting the course of justice.

He was also wanted by Essex Police for offences of supplying cannabis.

Mr Cameron fled the country but officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Tactical Team traced him to Spain and executed an international arrest warrant. He was extradited on November 22 for the sentencing which took place on Thursday (February 28).

Sgt Jamie Moggridge, from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Tactical Team, said: “Michael Cameron was charged with these offences back in 2008 but fled the country to try and avoid serving a custodial sentence which was given in his absence. We have relentlessly pursued him for these offences to ensure that he serves his time in custody and secured an international arrest warrant so we could extradite him back to the UK to serve his sentence.

“This should be a warning to any criminal who thinks that going abroad lets them off the hook. We will pursue you until we can bring you before the courts to pay the consequences for your actions.”

Chief Inspector for East Herts, Gerry McDonald, said: “The arrest and sentence of Michael Cameron as a result of the hard work of the Tactical Team proves the lengths officer are prepared to go to ensure criminals do not evade justice. Our message is clear – you can run but you can’t hide.”

“I would urge anyone with information on criminality to call police on 101 or alternatively Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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