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PCSO nabs fugitive in €4.7m tax dodge
A FUGITIVE on the run from European police in connection with a €4.7m tax evasion has been brought to justice by a police community support officer in Swindon.
PCSO Kuy Harrison spotted a van which officers had been warned to look out for, in Cricklade Road on October 4.
With no powers to either arrest or pull over the driver, Afran Khan, Kuy followed the wanted man down Cricklade Road into the retail district of Gorse Hill.
Once Khan had stopped and got out of the van, Kuy was able to address the man, though with no handcuffs or means for arrest, he had no choice but to detain the 36-year-old.
“Once I had stopped him I just spoke to him and tried to get him to give me his full details,” said Kuy, 37. “He knew what I was doing. He kept changing his mind and giving me conflicting information.
“I got his real name, did a check and it came up he was wanted on a European Arrest warrant.”
The warrant was issued on September 4 in Frankfurt, Germany.
Khan, 36, of Ferndale Road, became edgy after giving the officer his name and even attempted to lock Kuy out of a shop, purporting to be the owner.
Kuy had to wait for officers to arrive, who had been alerted by a red flag on the search for Khan’s name on the system.
“He kept on asking about this offence in Germany and told me he had already sorted it out, when he clearly hadn’t, because our system had flagged him up,” said Kuy.
“I was just having what we call a ‘hat and chat’ with him, trying to keep him feeling unthreatened.
“If I started being aggressive he would have ran off, that’s what they usually do.”
The arresting officers arrived within five minutes of Kuy’s name search and explained the situation to Khan before taking him away, leaving Kuy to carry on with his duties as normal.
“I didn’t know what it [the arrest warrant] was for, it could’ve been anything. When it came back he was wanted for fraud worth more than €4m I was shocked.
Kuy works full-time as a PCSO and has done so for four years, though he currently has no aspirations to become a full-fledged officer in the mainstream force.
“We get a bad press because people think we can’t do anything and we don’t enforce the law,” he said.
“We are the eyes and ears. I like being on the frontline, I don’t want a desk job with piles of paperwork.”