Cramlington killer on wanted list believed to be in Spain

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A killer from Cramlington named as a wanted fugitive is believed to be on the run in Spain.

Keith Turner, 60, was released on life licence in 1993 following his sentencing in 1975 for the manslaughter of his mother and sister at their home in Cramlington.

But he has not been seen since September 2000 when he failed to attend a court hearing at Reading Crown Court.

But it is known that in 1998 he was employed with a charitable trust in Slough, working in administration.

He had been arrested in February 2000 for issuing four cheques to the sum of £10,000 to himself.

Turner is one of 13 people named as wanted individuals on the Operation Captura List, as part of a multi-agency campaign involving Crimestoppers and the newly formed National Crime Agency (NCA) which is working closely with the Foreign Commonwealth Office in Madrid and British and Spanish law enforcement agencies.

Also on the list is Brian Thexton, of Durham, who is wanted for drugs, burglary and robbery offences.

Crimestoppers regional manager Gary Murray said: “Both Keith Turner and Brian Thextron are accused of some terrible crimes which is why it is imperative that they are located quickly.

“I would urge anyone with information on their whereabouts to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on our 0800 555111 number or by filling out our anonymous online form on our website.”

Turner is also at large following the revocation of his licence in October 2000.

Hank Cole, head of international operations for the National Crime Agency, said: “The NCA and it partners have the capability to pursue fugitives relentlessly.

“Spain is not a safe haven.

“Fifty three fugitives have been caught since Captura was launched, and many more linked to other operations.

“The exceptional level of collaboration and intelligence sharing with the Spanish authorities has been vital to many of these arrests.

“The most important thing though is the power of this campaign to harness the eyes and ears of the public, both here and in Spain.”