One of Britain’s most wanted men, who evaded police in Lancaster leaving an officer injured, was arrested in Cumbria last night.
Brian Thexton, 37, of County Durham, was apprehended at a remote property at Kirkby Stephen “without incident” at around 8pm, Cumbria Police said.
The fugitive is wanted by several police forces and the National Crime Agency in connection with robberies where victims were forced to hand over alarm codes.
He was named on an ‘unlucky 13’ list of Britain’s most wanted who were thought to be on the run in Spain.
But on November 15, he was apparently spotted in Aberdeen Road, Lancaster where police came close to catching him.
Driving a white Vauxhall Insignia, he pulled over for a policeman, who went to speak to him.
But as the officer reached into the vehicle to remove the keys from the ignition, the car was driven away, trapping the officer’s arm and dragging him down the road.
He soon managed to free himself and was not seriously injured but the car was driven away at speed and mounted the kerb – narrowly missing pedestrians, Lancashire Police said.
The car was found a short time later having been set on fire on Fenham Carr Lane.
Police forces nationwide had been on high alert until Thexton was finally detained last night.
Detective Superintendent Andrew Slattery, of Cumbria Police, said: “Detectives from Cumbria Constabulary have worked hard with other police forces in the north of England over recent weeks to track down and arrest Thexton.
“After a uniformed policing operation he was detained without incident at an isolated rural property.
“We would like to thank the community of north Cumbria for their support and can assure them that our county is not and will not become a safe haven for organised criminals.”