Sex case Lincolnshire pensioner Kenneth Wright arrested by Spanish police
A Lincolnshire sex offender in his 80s who was jailed in his absence for eight years after he fled the country while on bail has been arrested by police in Spain.
Eighty-two-year-old Kenneth Wright, from Holton-le-Clay in the far north of the East Lindsey district, was held in the resort of Calahonda on the Costa del Sol.
Officers had been issued with a European arrest warrant after Wright's conviction in March on four sexual abuse charges against a schoolgirl.
And he was tracked down to a residential estate in the seaside town near Fuengirola.
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Wright, of Louth Road in Holton-le-Clay, five miles from Grimsby, who was given an eight-year term in his absence by Mr Justice John Saunders at Warwick Crown Court in March.
He was ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life after the court heard the offences started when the girl was nine.
But he had even changed his name in a bid to evade capture by the authorities.
Now Lincolnshire Police are expecting extradition proceedings to start in the capital Madrid and he is expected to be sent back to Britain within days to start his sentence.
Wright was convicted of two charges of sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 13 and two of sexual activity with a child following a trial at Nottingham.
He was granted bail following the guilty verdict - so he could consult his doctor - but instead fled the UK four days later.
Violent sex offenders registrar Keith Duke of the Lincolnshire Police dangerous persons management unit said: "Intelligence was received by Lincolnshire police that indicated Wright had gone to Spain.
"Enquiries were commenced by Lincolnshire Police with the Serious Organised Crime Agency and the Spanish authorities.
"A European arrest warrant for Wright was issued on June 8 and forwarded onto the Spanish authorities for their attention.
"And on August 25 Lincolnshire Police were informed that Wright had been arrested by the Spanish authorities and was in custody.
"The process of extradition is under way and subsequently Wright will be returned to the UK where he will begin his prison sentence."