Drive-by murder suspect James Tomkins arrested in Spain

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James Tomkins (left) and Rocky Dawson
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James Tomkins has been wanted over the drive-by shooting of Mr Dawson for four years

A man wanted in connection with a fatal drive-by shooting in east London in 2006 has been arrested in Spain after a four-year manhunt.

James Tomkins, 61, was arrested in Marbella by Spanish authorities over the murder of electrician Rocky Dawson, 24, in Hornchurch, in May 2006.

Mr Dawson was shot dead outside his parent's home as he was putting his two children into his car.

Mr Tomkins is due in court in Madrid on Friday for extradition proceedings.

He was captured in the coastal town of Puerto Banus after armed plain-clothes officers and uniformed police from Madrid and Malaga raided an address.

The fugitive attempted to escape by jumping out of the window but was tracked by air support and arrested by officers on the ground.

Officers have not been able to find the motive behind the killing.

In 2007, Christopher Pearman, of Waltham Abbey, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 23 years after pleading guilty to murder.

Officers had wanted to question Mr Tomkins over the murder and issued a reward of £20,000 for information.

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