Former Stephen Lawrence murder suspect Jamie Acourt will not fight his extradition to the UK after he was arrested in Barcelona

The former suspect in the Stephen Lawrence murder was captured in Barcelona on Friday.

The 41-year-old from Eltham, South East London, was due in a Madrid court this week accused of the large-scale supply of drugs. But the National Crime Agency said: “He is not challenging his extradition.”

A well-placed Spanish source involved in the hunt for Acourt – arrested at a Barcelona gym on Friday – said: “In the near two years he was on the run, there wasn’t a fortnight that went by without a lead coming in on Jamie Acourt that wasn’t throughly investigated.

“There were sightings throughout Spain, from Barcelona to Madrid and the Costa del Sol.

“Acourt may be a lot of things but he’s no fool and he’s demonstrated that by managing to remain at large for a relatively long period of time when he was such a priority for the British police.

“It was made very clear to the Spanish police from very early on that Jamie Acourt was a top priority for the British.

Meanwhile, it was claimed Spanish cops followed Acourt’s girlfriend Terri Dean on a Costa holiday in a bid to find him. But the couple did not make contact.

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