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Four charged over fugitive robber Andrew Moran's escape

Andrew Moran
Image caption Andrew Moran could be charged with offences in Spain before being extradited to the UK

Four people have been charged with helping an armed robber, who became one of Britain's most wanted fugitives, evade justice for four years.

Andrew Moran, 31, from Salford, absconded during his trial in Burnley in 2009, and was detained after a pursuit by police in Spain in May.

Two women, 27 and 29, and two men, 27 and 39, were arrested on Tuesday following police raids in Manchester.

They are due to appear before Burnley Magistrates' Court later.

Simone Annette Moran, Jason Fitzgerald, both 27, of Edenbridge Drive, Radcliffe, have been charged with assisting an offender and money laundering alongside Gemma Harvieu, 29, of High Lane, Chorlton.

Leighton Craft, 39, of Parkhill, Prestwich, has been charged with lying to obtain a passport.

Moran was convicted in his absence of the armed robbery of Royal Mail guards in Lancashire in 2005. He is currently being held in Spain as Spanish police investigate separate charges against him.

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