TITAN AND SOCA ARREST FOUR PEOPLE AS PART OF ANDREW MORAN FUGITIVE INVESTIGATION June 25th, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments TITAN AND SOCA ARREST FOUR PEOPLE AS PART OF ANDREW MORAN FUGITIVE INVESTIGATION Four arrested after early morning raids in Greater Manchester by police involved in Andrew Moran ‘wanted fugitive’ investigation POLICE investigating how one of Britain’s most wanted fugitives managed to evade capture for four years have arrested four people after a series of early morning raids in Manchester this morning (Tuesday 25th June 2013). Officers from Titan (the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit) assisted by Lancashire Constabulary and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), raided three houses in Radcliffe, Chorlton and Prestwich. A 27 year old woman, a 29 year old woman and a 27 year old man have been arrested for assisting an offender and money laundering and a 39 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and making an untrue statement to procure a passport. They are all accused of helping 31-year-old Andrew Moran evade capture and will be questioned during the course of the day. Moran, who had been on the run since 2009, was arrested on Friday 10 May after a raid at a luxury villa in the Calpe area of Alicante. Two handguns, 60 rounds of ammunition and a machete were recovered. Full details here www.titanrocu.org.uk Moran was one of seven men targeted as part of a multi-agency initiative to combat organised crime in Salford. He was also on the most wanted list for Crimestoppers’ Operation Captura campaign, and his arrest means 50 fugitives have now been caught since it was launched. In May 2005 Moran and his criminal associate, 29-year-old Stephen Devalda, held up a Royal Mail van outside Asda in Colne, Lancashire. A handgun, machete and baseball bat were used during the £25,000 raid in which a security guard was injured. Moran was later arrested but during his trial at Burnley Crown Court in February 2009 he assaulted four security guards, vaulted over the dock and escaped. He was subsequently convicted in his absence of conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Detective Chief Inspector Janet Hudson from TITAN said: “Today’s arrests were made as part of our continued investigation into how Moran was able to evade capture for so many years. “This should demonstrate our commitment to tracking down not only those who try to evade justice but those who are believed to have helped dangerous offenders to stay on the run.” NOTE TO EDITORS: Please direct all media enquiries to Lancashire Police press office not Merseyside Police or another North-west force. TITAN, the North-West Regional Organised Crime Unit, is now on Facebook and Twitter. To follow TITAN use: TITAN @TITANROCU*********** www.facebook.com/pages/Titan-North-West-Regional-Organised-Crime-Unit https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.375221452582657.1073741828.375206599250809&type=1#!/pages/Titan-North-West-Regional-Organised-Crime-Unit/375206599250809 Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News. If you want your news read locally online then send it to [email protected] – relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience. Onthespot – your online reporter www.onthespotnews.co.uk Do you have a story to tell? Call OTS www.callots.co.uk Please text or phone 07930717137 or email [email protected] Follow OTS (Onthespot) on Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Related Comments comments!