UK’s most wanted David Ungi arrested in Spain after seven year hunt over shooting death of teen
BRITAIN’S most wanted man has been arrested in Spain after a seven-year-hunt.
David Ungi, 30, was detained at a shopping centre over the fatal shooting of a teen boy.
Officers also arrested three other men in Coin, Malaga, on Thursday and seized a 9mm Ruger firearm and ammunition from a rucksack.
Ungi has been on the National Crime Agency’s Most Wanted list since Vinny Waddington, 18, was shot in Liverpool in 2015.
Mr Waddington was shot through a car window and rammed off his motorbike. Ungi left the UK less than 24 hours later.
Two men were convicted of the 18-year-old’s murder in 2016.
Ungi was also wanted in connection with the supply of heroin in the Liverpool area.
Extradition proceedings are under way after he appeared at court in Malaga on Friday and was remanded in custody.
Steve Reynolds, National Crime Agency regional manager in Spain, said: “Three of the UK’s most wanted fugitives being arrested in a week is a fantastic achievement.
“These arrests would not have been possible without close co-operation between police forces in the UK and our law enforcement colleagues in Spain and Portugal.
“There are still a number of fugitives on our most wanted list and they should know we will never give up and we’re never far behind them.”
Lord Ashcroft, founder and chair of the charity Crimestoppers, said: “Having this fugitive caught within days of two others is fantastic news and shows that the public, like us, want to protect our communities.
“It also proves how our joint Most Wanted campaign with the NCA to highlight those who are on the run is working successfully.
“If you know of someone who is on our list, please do the right thing and contact our charity either on the phone or online via our website. You’ll stay 100 per cent anonymous. Always.”
The joint investigation was carried out by the Spanish authorities, the NCA, Merseyside Police and the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit.