First arrest in hunt for wanted criminals

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A man has been arrested after warrants were issued for nine people who failed to appear at their extradition hearings.

Julius Dzudza, 33, from Czech Republic, was arrested in Wakefield after being jailed for 18 months for driving while disqualified in his home country.

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He will now appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court at the next available siting.

PC Glenn Binns, from the European Arrest Warrant team, said: “Dzudza has been sought for some time now so I am delighted that this campaign has helped bring him to justice. I would also like to thank the Wakefield Central Neighbourhood Policing Team for their assistance in this matter.”

Officers are still searching for eight other people wanted on European Arrest Warrants.

The others include Andras Angyal, 45, from Hungary, who was arrested on suspicion of theft and fraud and has links to Dewsbury and Heckmondwike.

Patryk Dola, 25, from Poland, was jailed for two years and 10 months for three assaults and two thefts of motor vehicles. He has links to Leeds.

Szabolcs Domotor, 31, from Hungary, was arrested on suspicion of attempted theft of a motor vehicle. He has links to Dewsbury.

Rafal Mieczyslaw Karczmar, 31, from Poland, was jailed for two years in his home country for 40 burglary offences and three arsons. He has links to Bradford.

Mimi Mirga, 24, from Poland, was jailed for two years, three months and two days for a knifepoint robbery. She has links to Harehills in Leeds and Ireland.

Wojciech Kamil Podolak, 31, from Poland, was jailed for two years for robbery in his home country. He has links to Bradford.

Jaroslaw Sobczak, 45, from Poland, was jailed for two years for armed robbery in his home country. He has links to Huddersfield.

Asif Alam, 41, from Britain, was arrested on suspicion of tax evasion in Germany. He has links to Bradford and Pakistan.

Supt Pat Casserly, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “We are doing everything in our power to bring these people before the justice system, investing a great deal of resources to protect the communities we serve from threat. We are proud that we have one of the highest arrest figures for European Arrest Warrants.

“Some of these people have already been found guilty or convicted of serious crimes in their native country - they have not come to West Yorkshire to reform or rehabilitate rather to hide from justice. I am appealing directly to anyone who knows where any of these people are to contact police.”

Anyone with information should call The European Arrest Warrant Team on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.