The face of a man wanted over a Bishopbriggs murder is being pasted on a 13 ft digital screen and toured around British ex-pat hot spots in Spain.
It’s the latest push by crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers and the National Crime Agency (NCA) to track down the 18 remaining individuals wanted as part of Operation Captura.
The fugitives are wanted by UK law enforcement agencies in connection with crimes including murder, rape, indecent assault of a child and drug trafficking.
They are believed to be hiding among British communities in popular ex-pat areas – including Benidorm, Malaga and Puerto Banus.
The digital screen, attached to the back of a van, is touring all these areas and parking outside nightclubs, bars, British supermarkets and restaurants.
Derek McGraw Ferguson (51) is wanted by Police Scotland on suspicion of murder after a barman was shot in a pub car park. Ferguson is sought in connection with the murder of Thomas Cameron on June 28, 2007, at the Auchinairn Tavern, Bishopbriggs . He is described as between 5ft and 5ft 2ins tall. He has green/blue eyes and short, balding brown/grey hair.
It is hoped that going direct to the fugitives’ back yards and putting their faces in plain sight will help to flush them out.
Steve Reynolds, NCA deputy director, said: “We’ve caught 68 out of 86 fugitives on the Captura list and the rest know we won’t stop until we catch them too.
“By taking our campaign directly into Spanish communities where we believe they are living and socialising, their lives will become even more uncomfortable. We want British expats and locals to help us by being extra eyes and ears and telling us what they know.
“These fugitives are wanted for serious crimes. Anyone who is helping them stay on the run, such as girlfriends, wives, family members back home, or criminal associates, should know that assisting them is an offence too.
“There may also be people in the UK with vital information on the whereabouts of these fugitives and we would urge them to get in touch.”