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Man who fled police van in Salford extradited to UK

Richard Smith
Image caption Richard Smith is charged with conspiracy to commit arson

A man who went on the run after escaping from a police van in Salford has been extradited back to the UK.

Richard Smith, 29, who is charged with conspiracy to commit arson, jumped from the van outside Salford Magistrates' Court in May.

He was arrested near Alicante in Spain in September and charged with escaping from lawful custody.

Greater Manchester Police said he was extradited and appeared before Manchester magistrates on Thursday.

Mr Smith, of Pegwell Drive, Salford, was remanded in custody and is due to reappear at Manchester Crown Court on 19 November.

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