Salford man held in Amsterdam police raid

A Salford man suspected of being involved in a violent armed robbery has been arrested in a raid on a house in Amsterdam.

Dutch police threw smoke bombs into the house before they went in and arrested Sean Devalda, 24, on Thursday.

He is one of seven men wanted by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) over crimes carried out in the north west of England.

Mr Devalda was taken into custody and extradition proceedings are under way.

He was wanted by Greater Manchester Police in connection with firearms offences and conspiracy to rob a Group 4 cash in transit vehicle in Agecroft in February 2007.

Image caption Sean Devalda was wanted by Greater Manchester Police

He was already the subject of a European arrest warrant and had been traced by officers from Soca across Europe.

Amsterdam Police worked with Soca to arrest him, in an operation which involved a team of armed officers, a helicopter and police divers.

A firearm, £50,000 in cash and a number of expensive watches were recovered during the raid and a 28-year-old man was also arrested.

Commissioner Arno Julsing, chief of detectives for Amsterdam Police, said: "I am very pleased we have been able to make this arrest.

"It's another example of successful international cooperation with our British colleagues."

Soca is still looking for two of the seven wanted men. Four of them have already been arrested in Spain.

Also wanted are Mr Devalda's brother Stephen, 27, and Andrew Moran, 28. Both men are believed to be in Spain.

Police are urging anyone with information as to their whereabouts to contact Crimestoppers.

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