A 60-year-old male wanted in connection to a serious offence committed in Wales in 2014 was apprehended on the Isles of Scilly yesterday, and transported by Police Helicopter to the mainland where he was remanded into Police custody.
Sergeant Darren White of the Isles of Scilly Policing Team said: "This afternoon, Officers from St Marys attended St Agnes where they arrested a 60 year old male wanted in connection to a serious offence committed in Wales in 2014. The male, who had been investigated in relation to the offence was due to be charged by Dyfed-Powys Police then failed to re-attend the Police station. As a result, a Warrant of Arrest was issued by Mid Glamorgan Magistrates Court. The male, in the knowledge he was wanted by Police then spent the next four years evading capture at various locations all around the United Kingdom.
"Information was received this afternoon (yesterday afternoon) from Dyfed-Powys Police to suggest the male was on the Isles of Scilly. Within an hour of receiving that information, we located and arrested the male in question. The use of the Police helicopter was for transportation of the male, and escorting IOS Officers back to the mainland where he was remanded into Police custody pending a court appearance tomorrow (today)."
PS Gareth Tanswell of Dyfed-Powys Police tweeted:
PS Tanswell also said: "Just to clarify, this arrest was for an offence which had previously occurred in Ystradgynlais, Powys. The defendant had skipped bail and was tracked down to Isles of Scilly. He had been on the island for a very short time, with no suggestion that any further crimes have occurred."
Sergeant White added: "Whilst incidents of this nature are extremely rare on the islands I am pleased to say the matter was dealt with swiftly and effectively. This incident sends out an important message that the Isles of Scilly is not a hiding place for individuals attempting to evade authorities and we will use all resources available to bring those people to justice.