Prison Van Escape Fugitive Bradley Arrested

A ‘gun-for-hire’ gangster has been arrested in Amsterdam after nine months on the run from British justice.

Kirk Bradley, 26, was on the ‘ Most Wanted ‘ list after escaping from a prison van in Manchester during his trial last summer.

In his absence he was convicted and jailed for life, with a minimum sentence of 22 years.

Bradley was held last night after detectives tracked him down and armed police raided a luxury flat in the Bijlmer region of the Dutch capital.


He had fled the van along with co-defendant Anthony Downes – who was arrested two months ago , also in Amsterdam. Both are now awaiting extradition to the UK.

Ian Milne, head of European Operations for the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) , told Sky News: “Like his partner-in-crime Tony Downes discovered just a few weeks ago, there is no such place as a safe haven. Bradley had no idea we were on to him.”

Bradley and Downes escaped from a prison van driving them to court in Liverpool in July, leading to the aborting of their trial for orchestrating a campaign of gun and grenade attacks on rivals in Merseyside.

A jury in a retrial in their absence convicted them and a judge sentenced them to life, saying they must serve at least 22 years before they would be eligible for parole.

Bradley was wearing flip-flops, shorts and a T-shirt when officers raided his apartment.

He is expected to be returned to the UK to serve a life jail term for leading an underworld gang responsible for a series of shootings, and leaving a hand grenade on the front wall of Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish’s home.

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