Durham man among ‘Unlucky 13’ wanted criminals hiding in Spain

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A DURHAM man is among an “unlucky 13” of Britain’s most wanted criminals thought to be hiding in Spain.

Full details of the list were revealed by the charity Crimestoppers, the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) and Spanish police in Madrid.

Brian Thexton, 37, from Durham, is accused of being involved in robberies where a gang would tie up homeowners and force them to give up alarm codes and safe combinations.

In one, the gang impersonated police officers to dupe the victims into opening the door, before brandishing a pick axe handle and a baseball bat.