Removing foreign criminals has become a high priority for Britain’s police forces, and over the past six years more than 9,000 men and women wanted in other European countries have been arrested while hiding out in the UK.
Police forces abroad face the same challenge. The Policia Nacional in Spain and the Serious Crime Unit at Amsterdam Police are equally eager to spread the message that British fugitives aren’t welcome in their countries, and will be tracked down.
Fugitives is a 15-part series that follows the work of the Metropolitan Police’s Extradition Unit, who have national responsibility for locating and arresting fugitives wanted worldwide, and gains exclusive access to the work of the International Crime Bureau at the National Crime Agency, who co-ordinate the search for British men and women on the run abroad and European offenders hiding out in the UK. The series also follows officers in West Yorkshire and central England, who track and arrest wanted foreign nationals from day to day.