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Wanted suspect to face court after extradition

An image of Mark Acklom from Avon and Somerset Police

Wanted man Mark Acklom is to appear at Bristol Magistrates’ Court later after he was extradited from Switzerland.

The 45 year old is facing eight counts of fraud and twelve under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The charges relate to an alleged £850,000 fraud of a woman from Bath, who now lives in Gloucestershire, between January and February 2012.

Acklom was escorted back to Bristol Airport from Geneva by specially trained officers.

Officers worked with the National Crime Agency to obtain a European Arrest Warrant.

He was detained in Zurich in June last year with the help of Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Police. 

Chief Inspector Gary Haskins said: "No matter where suspected criminals are in the world we will always do everything we can to track them down and bring them back to the UK to face justice.

"This extradition would not have been possible without the support of all our law enforcement partners and I’m extremely grateful for their assistance in helping us bring Acklom home to answer some very serious charges."

Ian Cruxton, Head of International Operations for the National Crime Agency, said: "We have worked closely with our partners in Switzerland and Avon and Somerset Police to bring about this extradition and put Mark Acklom before the UK courts.

"This case once again demonstrates our ability to track down fugitives wherever they may be."

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