Callum Halpin, 27, from Openshaw, Manchester, is wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of father-of-two Luke Graham, 31, who was gunned down in broad daylight
A fugitive labeled one of the UK’s most wanted men has been arrested in Portugal after four years on the run following an alleged drug turf war shooting.
Callum Halpin, from Openshaw, Manchester, was detained by officers from the National Crime Agency in Vilamoura on Monday (May 2).
Greater Manchester Police have confirmed the 27-year-old remains in custody ahead of extradition proceedings.
Father-of-two Luke Graham – nicknamed ‘Tank’ – was shot dead in broad daylight in Ashton-under-Lyne in June 2018, reports the Manchester Evening News.
GMP said Halpin has been sought for questioning in relation to the killing of Mr Graham, 31 and the attempted murder of Anton Verigotta.
Mr Verigotta, 27, also suffered a serious gunshot wound in the June 2018 incident.
Halpin’s appeared in court ahead of an extradition hearing, said the NCA.
In a statement on Halpin, the force said: “We first declared him as a suspect in July 2018 and, earlier this year, the NCA added Halpin to the UK’s ‘most wanted’ list as we continued to publicly appeal for information about his whereabouts.” .
“Luke’s family has been kept updated with this latest development, and our specially-trained officers will continue to support them.”
Detective Inspector Lee Barrow, of GMP, said: “News of Callum Halpin’s arrest is an important development in our investigation and we will work closely with the NCA and other relevant international agencies to bring him back to Greater Manchester and continue our pursuit of justice for Luke’s family.
“Halpin has been on the run since Luke was fatally shot on that tragic day nearly four years ago and it has been our intention ever since to ensure all those suspected of being responsible for his death are caught and prosecuted.
“I want to thank partners from the National Crime Agency for their work in arresting Halpin and I know this will send a strong message to fugitives – and also the public – that we are totally committed to working with law enforcement agencies across the world to ensure those wanted are caught wherever they try to hide, and ultimately face the serious charges they are accused of.”
The NCA said Halpin was detained at an address in the Algarve by the Portuguese Judicial Police.
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They said he was located and arrested after an operation by the NCA, Portuguese police and international partners.
It added: “Graham, a dad-of-two, was ambushed and shot dead in a drug turf war in broad daylight on a street in Ashton-under-Lyne as children played nearby in June 2018.
“In July 2019, five men were jailed over the execution.
“Halpin, of Openshaw, Manchester, appeared in court in Portugal today and was remanded in custody while the extradition process proceeds.”
Steve Reynolds, NCA regional manager in Spain, said: “Callum Halpin’s arrest was made possible after some superb partnership work between the NCA and our Portuguese counterparts to whom we are extremely grateful.
Halpin’s arrest comes only forty-eight hours after another fugitive was arrested in Portugal.
“These arrests should serve as a warning to other fugitives and most wanted subjects that we will not stop until they are captured.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.