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Fugitive who fled to Cambodia arrested and brought back to serve rest of sentence

By Jon_Bayley  |  Posted: January 31, 2013

Andrew Wallace

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A Westcountry fugitive has been arrested in Cambodia and returned to prison thanks to interagency work across the globe.

Andrew Wallace, aged 39, from Bridgwater, was sentenced to 24 months in prison in May 2010 following an investigation into human trafficking.

He was released from Channings Wood prison in Newton Abbot in December 2010 but breached his license and flew to Thailand.

Wallace was recalled to prison on January 7, 2011 when Devon and Cornwall Police worked with the Probation Service, the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and the Thai authorities, and he was deported.

However, he failed to make his connecting flight at Mumbai and went to Cambodia.

The partner agencies teamed up with Interpol and the Cambodian authorities who found the fugitive and subsequently detained him at an immigration centre.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “The Far East can not been seen as a safe haven for those who try to run and hide from justice.

“We have tried and tested procedures in place and work with other agencies in many parts of the world to bring wanted people back to justice in the UK.

“This was a difficult enquiry but tireless work by the agencies involved has resulted in Andrew Wallace being returned to prison where justice will be done.”

He will be taken to the nearest prison and the Home Office will determine how many days he has left to serve.

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