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Criminals bust out of prison van in Salford now jailed here
Merseyside Police can confirm that Kirk Bradley and Anthony Downes are now serving their life sentences in a British jail following an extensive security operation put in place to return them to the UK.
The force worked together with the Metropolitan Police Service, the Serious Organised Crime Agency and the Prison Service to ensure the safe and secure return of Bradley and Downes from the Netherlands yesterday (Tuesday, 29 May 2012). They were extradited after being caught in the Netherlands earlier this year.
Downes, 26 years, from Woolfall Heath Avenue, Huyton, was arrested in Amsterdam on Friday, 9 March 2012, on suspicion of possession of a firearm and for conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life and conspiracy to cause damage with intent to endanger life.
Bradley, aged 26, from Altfinch Close, Huyton, was arrested on Thursday, 5 April 2012, for conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life and conspiracy to cause damage with intent to endanger life.
Both men had been wanted since July 2011, after escaping from a prison van on their way to Liverpool Crown Court.
They were both convicted in their absence, and were sentenced to life, with a minimum tariff of 22 years, at Woolwich Crown Court on Friday, March 16.
Following their arrest in the Netherlands SOCA and Merseyside Police worked closely to facilitate the Court processes (both in the Netherlands and the UK) and to arrange the extradition.
The transportation of the prisoners to the UK was supported by the Metropolitan Police specialist firearms unit, who planned and supervised the return of both men and their subsequent transportation to prison.
Detective Superintendent Ian Mulcahey, said: "Since Bradley and Downes were arrested Merseyside Police has worked closely with the Serious Organised Crime Agency, the Metropolitan Police Service, the prison service and Dutch authorities to organise their return to the UK.
"The capture of Bradley, and Downes before him, underlines Merseyside Police's commitment to work with other authorities to ensure that serious criminals have no place to hide.
"They posed a significant risk to the people of Merseyside and beyond and they will now serve their life sentences in the UK."
Ian Milne, Head of European Operations for SOCA, said: "Joint working with Merseyside Police and the Amsterdam Police led to the capture and extradition of these two violent and dangerous individuals. They are now behind bars in the UK where they belong. This shows that criminals who flee to other countries are not beyond our reach."