One of Britain's most wanted men arrested at Heathrow Airport after 27 years on the run after 'child sex charges'

2 April 2024, 09:41 | Updated: 2 April 2024, 09:46

Richard Burrows has been arrested after 27 years on the run
Richard Burrows has been arrested after 27 years on the run. Picture: Cheshire Police

By StephenRigley

One of the UK's 'most wanted' fugitives has been arrested at Heathrow Airport after 27 years on the run.

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Richard John Ramsey Burrows, now aged 80, failed to turn up for a trial at Chester Crown Court in December 1997.

He had been charged with two counts of serious sexual assault and 11 counts of indecent assault related to the historical abuse of children alleged to have happened between 1969 and 1971, Cheshire Police said.

Some were reported to have happened in a children's home in Congleton, Cheshire, while others were alleged to have happened in Hartlebury, Worcestershire.

Richard Burrows was arrested at Heathrow Airport
Richard Burrows was arrested at Heathrow Airport. Picture: Cheshire Police

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Since then Burrows, a former Scoutmaster from Audlem, Cheshire, has been on the run.

Last Thursday, he was detained at Heathrow Airport having returned to the UK from Thailand.

Burrows has been remanded in police custody since his arrested and is set to appear at Chester Crown Court today.

Detective Inspector Eleanor Atkinson said: "Our determination to locate Burrows has not faltered over the past 27 years and his arrest marks a significant step forward in this case and the beginning of closure for all those involved.

"I would like to thank the public for the information that they have provided over the years during our search for Burrows and I hope that his arrest provides some reassurance.

"I also hope that his arrest acts as a warning to any other wanted suspects – demonstrating that no matter how long you hide, we will find you and you will be arrested."

Extensive enquiries were carried out over the years, with him being listed as being among national crime charity Crimestoppers' most wanted people in the UK.The arrest was carried out following joint work between Cheshire Police and the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Duncan Burrage, NCA International Liaison Officer in Thailand, said: "Utilising our international network and working closely with Cheshire Police colleagues, we have been able to track down a fugitive wanted in connection to extremely serious allegations. 'This arrest demonstrates law enforcement's unwavering commitment to hunt down those who await justice in the UK."