POLICE are awaiting the go-ahead from their Spanish counterparts to fly out and collect a fugitive pensioner wanted for alleged child sex crimes.
Runaway Frank Burgon was arrested by police in Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria, after being discovered in an apartment on the holiday isle on Sunday, December 29, at 12.10am.
The 76-year-old was arrested on suspicion of breach of a court order and is currently in the custody of the Spanish authorities awaiting extradition.
Cleveland Police are now waiting for Spanish officers to come to an agreement on when Burgon can be brought back to the UK.
Once given the go-ahead, Cleveland Police will then have 10 days to send officers to Gran Canaria to escort the alleged criminal home.
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “Firstly we have to come to an agreement with Spanish Police to go out and collect this man, so we are waiting for that.
“Once we are given the go-ahead, we are given 10 days to arrange for that,” she added.
Burgon, of Field House Farm, in Dalton Piercy, Hartlepool, disappeared a year ago while awaiting trial at Teesside Crown Court for alleged offences of rape, attempted rape, and three allegations of indecent assault against a girl.
He was made the subject of a Europe-wide arrest warrant.
Burgon was due to face a trial in his absence early next year if he was not found, but now it is expected that he will attend the court proceedings, potentially in custody.
The last time he was seen at court was in November last year when he denied the sex charges and he was granted bail. Several trial dates were then fixed at Teesside Crown Court but Burgon failed to turn up each time, the most recent being last month, which was the fifth court appearance in a row he had missed.