A fugitive benefit fraudster exposed by Sky News has been arrested in Spain and is likely to be brought back soon to face justice in Britain. Norman Brennan, 70, was held at his home in Mijas on the Costa del Sol five years after admitting crimes and jumping bail at Liverpool Crown court. His ex-pat neighbours had alerted UK authorities to his presence there, but nothing had been done to arrest him until we confronted him three weeks ago. It's understood Brennan had been receiving his old age pension for most of his time in Spain, even receiving letters from the Department for Work and Pensions in Whitehall. When four Spanish police officers arrived at his house last night he had just been driven away by a friend and there were fears he had slipped the net. But they were wating when he returned an hour or so later and took him into custody.
When we confronted him three weeks ago he appeared to spend most of his time indoors, emerging occassionally to walk his dog Ben and to drink at a nearby open-air bar. He refused to discuss his life on the run.