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Hunt for most-wanted foreigners
A most-wanted list of high-risk foreign criminals believed to be hiding in Britain, including three suspected murderers and an accused rapist, has been released.
Scotland Yard and Crimestoppers unveiled the list of 18 criminals wanted by authorities in other European countries who are thought to be in areas including London, Reading, Manchester and Leicester.
It is the third Operation Sunfire campaign and includes the search for 32-year-old Dritan Rexhepi, who is wanted over a double murder in Albania and has links to London, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.
Edvinas Judinskas, 19, is accused of murder in his native Lithuania over an attack where a gang forced their way in to a flat and beat the occupant to death with a metal rod and wooden chair leg. He has links to Woolwich in south-east London, Reading and Greater Manchester - specifically Bury and Bolton.
Serhat Aslan, 26, is wanted for murder in his native Turkey after a 19-year-old man was stabbed in 2004. He has links with Stoke Newington in north London and Chingford in Waltham Forest.
The list also includes Evaldas Rabikauskas, 29, who is wanted in Lithuania for the rape of a teenager in 2007. Rabikauskas has links to Hackney in north London and Potters Bar in Hertfordshire.
Director of operations for Crimestoppers Roger Critchell said: "The purpose of Operation Sunfire is to track down and arrest murderers, violent robbers, drug traffickers and other criminals hiding in the UK. Crimestoppers is supporting this Metropolitan Police operation so that these individuals can be put before the extradition courts to face justice abroad and no longer be a threat to this country.
"Non-national fugitives hiding overseas in countries such as this are a threat to local communities as they most often remain involved in criminal activity and are a danger to those around them. We want these criminals off British soil and back to the countries where they have committed these heinous crimes so that justice may be served."
Detective Sergeant Peter Rance, who is leading the operation, warned the public not to approach the fugitives. He said: "Today I'm asking the public, do you recognise these faces? Maybe you know where these people live, work or socialise? They are wanted to face justice for a multitude of crimes in other countries and it is in the UK's interests to help find them. If you have any information about these people, please call Crimestoppers so we can arrest them. If you see them call 999 and do not approach them."
Anyone with information about where the criminals are can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.