Most wanted UK criminals thought to be in Spain – 2023

by Lorraine Williamson
UK most wanted 2023

At the beginning of 2022, the UK´s National Crime Agency (NCA) in conjunction with British charity Crimestoppers, launched a campaign to capture the UK´s most wanted criminals thought to be living in Spain. We are now in 2023, and the campaign to arrest the UK most wanted continues.

Thanks to citizen cooperation and an on-going social media presence by the Spanish police, there have been several arrests so far. However, there are still criminals out there. Some of which have been on the run for a number of years.

The Policia Nacional regularly post on social media the faces of these most wanted criminals in the hope that someone recognises them. These people are in our everyday lives, somewhere! Let´s help get them off the streets.

One of the recent arrests was Nana Oppong

Oppong was wanted for a drive-by murder in Essex. Allegedly, Oppong murdered Robert Powell by shooting him with a 9mm pistol. Oppong was on the run for over 2 years before being arrested in Morocco after leaving Spain.

According to the National Crime Agency in the UK, although Oppong was arrested in September, due to operational reasons, his arrest has only recently been made public.

As well as featuring on the Most Wanted campaign, an Interpol red notice – a worldwide alert – was issued for Oppong. Furthermore, he was arrested using false identity documents as he tried to enter Morocco from Spain. He was stopped by officers from the DGSN – Morocco’s General Directorate for National Security.

Oppong currently remains in custody awaiting extradition before a trial in the UK.

The 42-year-old, is the seventh fugitive to be arrested from the Most Wanted campaign.

2023 most wanted UK criminals thought to be in Spain

Photographs of all 2023 UK most wanted can be seen in the main image of this article.

Daniel Dugic

Dugic is suspected of being involved in a conspiracy to import 255 kilos of cocaine. A number of other individuals were convicted in June 2011. The conspiracy involved a small UK vessel meeting a commercial container ship in the English Channel from which the drugs were transferred. Although Dugic was not on board either vessel, he is alleged to have played a major part in organising the importation.

Derek McGraw Ferguson

Ferguson is sought in connection with the murder of Thomas Cameron on 28 June 2007 at the Auchinairn Tavern, Bishopbriggs near Glasgow. McGraw is also on Spain´s most wanted list.

Born in Glasgow in 1964, he has green/blue eyes and short balding brown/grey hair. He also has part of his left ear missing. Furthermore, he is 155-160cm tall.

Fatah Benlaredj (also known as Samir)

Benlaredj is wanted for the rape of a 7-year-old girl. Nicknamed Samir, he is between 30 and 35 years old and is thought to be living in Spain. Furthermore, this man has been on the wanted list since 2007.

John Barton

John Barton was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in 2003 after being convicted in his absence for conspiring to import a commercial amount of heroin into the UK between 1999 and 2000. Moreover, he is believed to have links to Fuengirola in Spain. Barton is of medium build and is 170-175cm in height.

Asim Naveed

Naveed allegedly had a leading role in a highly organised crime group. Using encrypted comms platform EncroChat, he is accused of acquiring large quantities of cocaine from upstream suppliers and onward distribution through Cardiff and other areas of Wales. It is estimated he and his organised criminal gang (OCG) brought 46 kilos of cocaine into Wales during the period worth up to £7,885,680. 

He is in his late 20s, is 6´2″ tall, and of muscular build. Furthermore, Naveed has a surgical scar along left wrist.

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Calvin Parris

Parris is wanted for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. Furthermore, he is alleged to be a customer of Asim Naveed’s OCG (see above). Seemingly he bought cocaine from them and sold it on within Cardiff. Parris is said to have used an Encro phone to strike deals with the OCG including once buying seven kilos of cocaine for £89,000.

He is in his early 30s and is 5´11″ tall. Furthermore, Parris has gold upper teeth!

Allan James Foster (also known as Shaun Michael Wilkinson)

Foster is alleged to have murdered David ‘Noddy’ Rice at the Marsden Bay Car Park, South Shields on 24th May 2006. He is also wanted for two offences of conspiring to supply controlled drugs and also for the theft of a diamond ring.

Furthermore, he has links to the Canary Islands and Mallorca, and is also known to use the alias Shaun Michael Wilkinson.

Callum Michael Allan

Allan is wanted on suspicion of a range of offences. These include: possession with intent to supply Class A (heroin), supply Class A (cocaine), possession of cannabis, assaulting an emergency worker, affray and dangerous driving. On 11 June 2019 police raided a house suspected to be used for drugs deals. Subsequently, Allan fled and assaulted two officers who restrained him. He was in possession of 113.29 grams of heroin. Allan was charged and appeared at court in April 2020 where he was given unconditional bail.  However, he failed to return.

Allan is in his mid 20s, and is around 182cms tall with fine hair, blue eyes, a slim build and a Tyneside accent.

Mark Francis Roberts

Roberts is wanted for Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) and attempted robbery of a man’s £60,000 Richard Mille watch. The victim was attacked by two men with a blade at around 1.30 am on 30 September 2016 after he parked his car on his home driveway. When he refused to surrender his watch, he was so badly injured he suffered life-threatening injuries. He was treated in a critical care unit for puncture wounds, a collapsed lung and many lacerations.

The victim heard one of the attackers say he’d cut himself in the attack. Subsequently, Roberts’s blood was later identified at the scene.

UK most wanted 2023

Originally from Liverpool, Roberts is 6´ 1” tall, of medium build. He is in his late 20s, with heavy eyebrows, and green eyes. He has a 7.6cm scar down his right leg, and a possible scar on his arm obtained during the attempted robbery.

Jack Mayle

Mayle is wanted in suspicion of the supply of MDMA, methylphenidate (a pharmaceutical drug) and diazepam. Mayle fled after being charged. He allegedly ran a drug line in South London and Surrey called the Flavour Quest. He worked with a dark web drug dealer buying and selling drugs between each other for onward sales through their respective drug networks. They sold LSD and various pharmaceutical medication. 

Born in Croydon, Mayle is in his early 30s, and is around 5´11” in height and is of muscular build. He has a diamond tattoo under his left eye, and a tattoo on the outside of his left forearm that reads ‘Croydon’. Furthermore, his left hand is tattooed with ‘Money never sleeps’, ’12-20’ and a small heart.  His right hand has an eye design tattoo with hands around it and word ‘Littles’. On both hands he has tattoos on his fingers reading ‘trap star’. His neck is tattooed with warriors and religious figures on horses. He has a full back tattoo. It is possible Mayle could have tried to alter his appearance. He is also known to carry weapons; is a regular gym goer and vegan.

John James Jones

Jones is wanted for wounding with intent. Jones (and a co-accused) allegedly assaulted two people by stabbing them numerous times with a knife causing serious injuries. Furthermore, it is believed Jones fled the UK in the immediate aftermath. There is information to show he stayed at a hotel in Madrid the night after the stabbings but left rapidly the next morning. 

 Jones is in his 30s, 6´tall and of stocky build.


If you have any information on any of the above fugitives, you can make contact with the authorities anonymously. From a UK number, call 0800 555 111 . If you have a Spanish phone, call or message 900 926 111

Alternatively, you can send information online via the crimestoppers website.

Furthermore, any information provided is confidential.


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