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Gangsters' Amsterdam paradise lost

PUBLISHED: 14:35 25 March 2010 | UPDATED: 10:36 12 August 2010

ONE of Scotland Yard s most wanted men, suspected of being a key figure in a £45 million drugs smuggling ring, has been arrested in Amsterdam.

ONE of Scotland Yard's most wanted men, suspected of being a key figure in a £45 million drugs smuggling ring, has been arrested in Amsterdam.

Anthony Mills, 41, from Beckenham, was arrested by Dutch police last Thursday.

The arrest comes four days after the charity Crimestoppers asked the public to help track down six other wanted men, thought to be in the Netherlands.

The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) said Mills, who was in the car at the time of the arrest, was taken off the publicity because police were closing in on him and they wanted to protect the operation.

Police suspect that the Dutch city has become a popular haven for people from the UK trying to escape the British authorities.

Six men wanted for serious crimes committed in Britain, including drug smuggling, selling weapons, robbery, manslaughter and rape were named last week and appear in the Crimestoppers website. It follows a similar crackdown targeting the "Costa del Crime" of southern Spain.

Crimestoppers chairman Lord Ashcroft said: "These criminals think they are safe hiding in the Netherlands.

"But it takes only one call to bring them back to the UK to face justice."

As the Times went to press, Mr Mills remained in custody in Holland, awaiting extradition.

Anyone with information on the suspects can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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