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News in brief: Fugitive behind bars after spending 20 years on the run

Captured: Danielewicz PICTURE: SWNS

A FUGITIVE who used a dead man’s name to evade capture has been arrested after spending 18 years on the run. Adam Danielewicz, 43, had been sentenced in his absence in Poland to six-and-a-half years in jail for fraud, drug trafficking and firearms possession. After nearly two decades dodging arrest he has now been detained at an address in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. The elusive offender, who was subject to a European arrest warrant, was remanded in custody at a hearing at Westminster magistrates’ court. Extradition proceedings will now begin. Det Sgt Martyn Linton, of Surrey Police, who led an operation to bring him to justice, said: ‘This is a significant arrest for very serious offences that have taken place in Poland. Danielewicz thought he could evade justice by hiding in Surrey under a false name. ‘We work with colleagues from around the world on a daily basis and Surrey is not a safe place for fugitives to hide. We will find you,’ he added.

Lawsuit is a losing bet for gambler out to torment ex

A GAMBLER has lost about £35,000 in a court bid to grab a slice of his ex’s home. Phillip Langford, who makes £100,000 a year from bets, said he treated Tracy Perrin, 59, to gifts including a £7,500 Rolex. After they split, he claimed to part-own her home in Eltham, south London, as he helped with payments. But Central London county court heard the ‘controlling’ businessman, 49, was only a guest and had sworn to make his ex’s life ‘hell’. His £50,000 claim was rejected and he has to pay about £35,000 in fees.

Greener energy at record high

GREENHOUSE gas emissions fell 3.6 per cent last year as energy created by renewable sources climbed to a new high. Electricity generated by wind and solar power and biomass produced 36.9 per cent of UK energy, revealed the Business and Energy Department. Emissions of the pollutants causing climate change are now down 45.2 per cent on 1990.

Teen tearaways wash up in custody

THREE teenagers have been arrested after a washing machine was thrown out of the back of a van as police trailed it in a high-speed chase. Officers in Worthing, West Sussex, who managed to swerve the machine, had chased the van after it was seen hitting two cars. Two 18-year-olds and a 16-year-old were yesterday being questioned about reckless driving and assault.

Tail of the unexpected! Feathered dino ran like a cheetah

THE remains of a flightless, feathered dinosaur with razor-sharp teeth, 5in claws and a tail allowing it to ‘run like a cheetah’ have been discovered in the San Juan Basin of New Mexico, in the US. Dineobellator notohesperus was 7ft long and more than 3ft tall. It existed 67million years ago and was a predecessor to today’s birds.

NEWS BITES

■ RAPPER Bugzy Malone has been seriously hurt in a quad bike crash. The 29-year-old’s vehicle collided with an Audi car in Bury, Greater Manchester, on Wednesday. His injuries are not life-threatening.

■ THE Duchess of Sussex has landed her first post-royal project. Meghan will return to the small screen as the narrator of a film about a family of elephants. It streams on Disney+ from April 3.

■ A MICROBE could help end plastic pollution. The bacterium — called Pseudomonas sp. TDA1 — can break down hard-to-recycle plastics, such as polyurethane, providing a solution to landfill sites, a scientific study in Germany claims.

WORLD BRIEFS

Mosque gunman now admits 51 murders

Guilty: Brenton Tarrant admitted 51 counts of murder during a court appearance via video link PICTURE: REUTERS

THE white supremacist who shot dead 51 Muslims at a New Zealand mosque last year has pleaded guilty to all charges. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 29, was to stand trial in June but changed his plea via video link hours before the country began a four-week lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tarrant, who live-streamed his Christchurch outrage on Facebook in March last year, pleaded guilty to 51 counts of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and one charge of terrorism. He will remain in a maximum security jail in Auckland ahead of his sentencing and faces life in prison. New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern said it was ‘deeply disappointing’ victims could not see the hearing but also a relief they will be spared the trial.