A convicted rapist who went on the run during his trial has been arrested in Italy.
Wakar Akhtar, who was sentenced to 17 years in his absence at Bradford Crown Court in November, was arrested in Brescia by the Italian authorities on Saturday morning.
Akhtar, of Hudson Avenue, Bradford, was found guilty of raping a woman in a Bradford park, along with co-defendants Tamseel Virk, Azad Raja and Najeed Ul-Saeem, who were all given jail terms of 17 years for their part in the conspiracy.
Extradition proceedings against Akhtar are expected to begin in Italy today.
Detective Chief Inspector Steve Snow, of Protective Services (Homicide and Major Enquiry Team), said:
“I would like to praise the efforts of the National Crime Agency, Interpol and the Italian authorities, who carried out significant work with ourselves to locate Akhtar, who was found to be staying with friends in the Brescia region.
“We hope the extradition proceedings will be completed quickly, so he can be brought back to the UK and face sentence for the despicable crime he was found guilty of.”