05/05/2018 09:04 BST

One Of Britain's Most Wanted Fugitives, Jamie Acourt, Arrested Outside Barcelona Gym

'His days on the run have ended.'

Jamie Acourt pictured after his arrest in Barcelona

One of Britain’s most wanted fugitives has been captured by armed officers in Barcelona.

Jamie Acourt was detained after he left the Metropolitan Sagrada Familia Gym on Friday, the National Crime Agency said.

The 41-year-old from south London is wanted by police investigating the large-scale supply of drugs.

He is also a former suspect in the 1993 murder of Stephen Lawrence, but has always denied any involvement in the killing.  

Acourt, who was apprehended on a European Arrest Warrant, will appear in court in Madrid next week for an extradition hearing.

Ian Cruxton, head of international operations for the NCA, said: “Acourt thought he could evade capture but as a result of an intelligence-led operation his days on the run have ended.

“We were able to direct the Spanish authorities to his location in Barcelona.

“Our ability to share information and work at speed with our international partners ensures there is no safe haven for fugitives. We will never stop pursuing these individuals.”

Acourt was the 81st fugitive to be located out of 96 in Operation Captura – a joint initiative by the NCA, Crimestoppers and the Spanish authorities.