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Crimestoppers launch 2nd ‘most wanted’ list

By Staff Reporter

A ROGUES’ gallery of 11 fugitives suspected of crimes including drug smuggling, fraud and rape and thought to be hiding in Cyprus has been published in the U.K.

The most wanted list, which is also expected to be released in Nicosia today, is the latest phase of a hunt led by Crimestoppers and the National Crime Agency to flush the suspects out of their hiding places, the report said.

It includes Jeffrey Bloor, 41, from Brighton, who is wanted by Sussex Police over an alleged horse racing betting and blood stocks scam, where would-be investors were duped out of millions of pounds.

Cypriot Costas Sampson, 23, who was last known to be living in London, is wanted by Scotland Yard after he was convicted of rape, voyeurism and theft in August 2012.

Another fugitive is Christakis Philippou, 70, also known as Christakis Chrysostomou, who is wanted by the Metropolitan Police after he was convicted of conspiracy to defraud.

Between 2004 and 2006 he was involved in scams where at least 20,000 unwitting customers were offered cheap holidays, only for the travel agency to stop trading, leaving victims without a trip.

The appeal, called Operation Zygos, is the second of its kind targeting Cyprus and includes six new suspects along with five remaining fugitives who featured in the last campaign.

It aims to find criminals who could be in the Republic of Cyprus or in the north.

NCA officials are appealing to anyone with information on the whereabouts of these ‘targets’ to call Crimestoppers anonymously on the Cyprus free-phone number 8000 5511, and those in the UK on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

The other fugitives are:
Richard Ardolino, 38, from Leeds, accused of being part of a gang that fraudulently applied for mortgages to buy houses in the UK between April 2005 and December 2007.

Osman Aydeniz, 35, wanted on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, conspiracy to commit theft and money laundering.

Ozgur Demir, 39, is also wanted as part of the same drugs conspiracy as Aydeniz.

Ersin Mustafa, 38, from London, is wanted over allegations of insider dealing. Between 2006 and 2008, while working at JP Morgan Cazenove, he was part of a group who made around £2.5m. Mustafa was arrested in July 2008, and in December 2009 fled the UK.

Hasan Akarcay, 57, aka Hassan Etem and Ibrahim Etem, is wanted by for suspected heroin dealing.

Timur Mehmet, 40, from London, is wanted after he was convicted of conspiracy to cheat the public revenue over a £25m VAT fraud. He was tried in his absence in 2007 and sentenced to eight years in prison.

Mehmet Salih, 42, aka Aynur Mehmet Salih, is wanted on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Martin Evans, 52, from Swansea, aka Martin Roydon Evans, Martin Wayne Evans, Anthony Hall and Paul Kelly, was convicted of conspiracy to supply class A drugs and fraud. Between 1999 and 2001, he led a drug-dealing gang that sold cocaine, MDMA and ecstasy. He is also wanted for fraudulent trading after stealing hundreds of thousands while he was director of Ostrich Centre Limited in 1995.

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