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Bexley man suspected of Stephen Lawrence murder could be hiding out in Spain

PUBLISHED: 12:32 20 October 2016 | UPDATED: 12:44 20 October 2016

Stephen Lawrence was murdered in Eltham in 1993. Family handout/PA Wire.

Stephen Lawrence was murdered in Eltham in 1993. Family handout/PA Wire.

Jamie Acourt was allegedly part of a cannabis-dealing gang between 2014 and 2016

Undated picture of Jamie Acourt, taken from a new appeal issued by Crimestoppers, who is among 10 most wanted British criminals thought to be hiding in Spain. Crimestoppers/PA Wire.Undated picture of Jamie Acourt, taken from a new appeal issued by Crimestoppers, who is among 10 most wanted British criminals thought to be hiding in Spain. Crimestoppers/PA Wire.

A suspect in the murder of Stephen Lawrence who is wanted for drug dealing is among 10 British criminals thought to be hiding in Spain.

Jamie Acourt, from Bexley, was allegedly part of a cannabis-dealing gang between January 2014 and February 2016.

The 40-year-old achieved notoriety after he was named as one of the suspects in the 18-year-old’s murder more than 20 years ago.

The teenager was killed by up to six attackers in 1993, two of whom, David Norris, who grew up in Chislehurst and Swanley’s Gary Dobson, were convicted and are serving life sentences.

Mr Acourt’s name appears on a list unveiled at a joint press conference in Malaga on Thursday.

Chairman of Crimestoppers Lord Ashcroft said: “These people have managed to evade arrest and avoid justice.

“We know that with the help of Spanish authorities, along with the public in Spain and the UK, we can find these people.”

Steve Reynolds, Head of International Operations for the National Crime Agency, said: “The fugitives we are hunting are wanted for serious crimes and must be returned to the UK to face justice. We need the support of the public to help us catch them. Be our eyes and ears and tell us if you have any information on the whereabouts of our targets.”

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