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'Spain fugitive' Lee Willis is arrested in Bolton

Lee Willis
Image caption Lee Willis, from Ashton-under-Lyne, had been on the run since June

One of Britain's most wanted criminals, who was thought to be on the run in Spain, has been arrested in Greater Manchester.

Lee Willis, 30, from Ashton-under-Lyne was detained in Bolton on Wednesday, police have confirmed.

In November, he was named as one of Britain's 13 most wanted fugitives by the National Crime Agency.

He was due to be sentenced in court in June, after admitting possessing drugs, but failed to show up.

He had pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine and cannabis but fled prior to his sentencing at Minshull Street Crown Court and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He was also accused of dealing cocaine and his profile was highlighted as part of Operation Captura, a project to track down criminals thought to be in Spain.

Police said he was due in court, the location of which is to be confirmed, on 24 January.

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