One of UK's most wanted fugitives arrested in Spain over teen's 2015 killing

·Freelance news writer, Yahoo UK
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David Ungi was one of the UK’s most wanted fugitives. (SWNS)
David Ungi was one of the UK’s most wanted fugitives. (SWNS)

One of the UK’s most wanted fugitives has been arrested by authorities in Spain after spending nearly seven years on the run.

David Ungi, 30, was apprehended along with three other men as he entered a gym in a shopping centre in Coin, Malaga.

He was sought in connection with the killing of Vinny Waddington, 18, who was shot in July 2015 while riding on the back of a motorbike in Liverpool.

The shooters used a 12-gauge shotgun and fired it at the victim from an Audi A3 before ramming his bike off the road.

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Luke Kendrick and Ryan Bate received life sentences for murder, but Ungi, a third suspect, fled the country within 24 hours of the killing and hadn’t been seen since.

However, following a joint operation between Spanish authorities and three crime agencies in Britain, he was arrested on Thursday and now faces extradition back to Britain.

Ungi is also wanted in connection with supplying heroin, and during the arrest officers seized a 9mm Ruger firearm and ammunition from a rucksack.

Ungi was the third “most wanted” National Crime Agency target captured in the space of a week.

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Alleged murderer Callum Halpin was detained in Portugal on Monday, while Alex Male, wanted on drugs charges, was also arrested at Lisbon Airport on Saturday last week.

Steve Reynolds, National Crime Agency regional manager in Spain, said: “Three of the UK’s most wanted fugitives being arrested in a week is a fantastic achievement.

“Ungi is a very dangerous person, and his arrest is good news for communities both in Liverpool and Spain."

He added: "There are still a number of fugitives on our most wanted list, and they should know we will never give up and we’re never far behind them.”