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Murder suspect and jewellery robber 'linked to Bedfordshire'

By Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  Posted: February 04, 2013

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A ‘HIGH-RISK’ offender being sought by the Metropolitan Police Service’s Extradition Unit has links to the county.

Dritan Rexhepi, 32, is wanted by Albania and Belgium in connection with murder and aggravated burglary.

The Albanian national, who also goes by the name of Gramos Rexhepaj, is known to have links to and Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and London.

Rexhepi is wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of two men and the non-fatal shooting of another in Albania in 1999.

It is also alleged that in November 2005, Rexhepi and others forced entry into a home in Belgium where the occupants were tied up and threatened at knife point before a quantity of cash and jewellery was stolen.

He is one of 18 men whose pictures have been released by the police force.

Detective Sergeant Peter Rance, leading Operation Sunfire 3 for the Extradition Unit said: “Today I’m asking the public, do you recognise these faces? Maybe you know where these people live, work or socialise?

“They are wanted to face justice for a multitude of crimes in other countries and it is in the UK’s interests to help find them. If you have any information about these people, please call Crimestoppers so we can arrest them. If you see them call 999 and do not approach them.”

Founder and Chairman of Crimestoppers, Lord Ashcroft KCMG, PC said: “Crimestoppers believes in the right to live without the fear of crime and we are encouraging the public to call us completely anonymously if they recognise any of these 18 individuals or have any information as to their whereabouts.

“We have seen a great response from the public and arrest success from past campaigns so our hope is that this will continue and that the public will join us in standing up against crime. By working together and speaking up anonymously we can all take steps towards making the UK safer.”

Anyone with information on his whereabouts of any of these people is asked to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The public are reminded not to approach him.

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