Fugitive appears in Spanish court
One of Britain's most wanted fugitives has appeared in a Spanish court to face extradition charges.
Andrew Moran, 31, from Salford, Greater Manchester, agreed to return to the UK to face trial at a hearing in Madrid's Audiencia Nacional, said a spokesman for the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
But local prosecutors are still deciding whether to try him in Spain for crimes committed while in the country, meaning he would not return to the UK until his sentence there was served.
Moran, who was arrested in the resort of Calpe in Alicante on Friday after four years on the run, vaulted the dock in a Burnley courtroom in 2009 as he went on trial over a £25,000 armed robbery of Royal Mail guards. He was convicted in his absence for the cash in transit theft in 2005 in Colne, Lancashire.
Moran was the last man from his gang to be captured after the audacious robbery outside the Lancashire town's Asda store. A handgun, machete and baseball bat were wielded during the £25,000 raid in which a security guard was injured.
The arrest of his co-accused, Stephen Devalda, 29, at a hotel in Marbella, Spain, in 2011, left Moran the final man on a police hit-list of the Salford-based armed robbers.
Pictures released by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) on Sunday show how the criminal changed his appearance by growing a moustache and his hair, as well as wearing glasses. In one photograph Moran is posing with a rifle, while in another he is brandishing two automatic weapons.
In November 2012 Moran was tracked down to the Murcia area of Spain, but he managed to escape from local officers by ramming two police vehicles in his 4x4 and driving off at speed the wrong way down a motorway.
During a search of the house he was living in at the time a handgun, ammunition, five kilos (11lb) of cannabis and a vacuum packing machine were recovered, Soca said. Spanish prosecutors may now seek to charge him over these allegations.
Moran was captured in a dramatic raid at a luxury villa in the Costa Blanca on Friday. An elite team of armed officers swooped on the robber while he was relaxing by a swimming pool.
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