Mossley murder’s alleged ‘mastermind’ arrested in South America

THE MAN police were hunting across the world after he was named as the alleged ‘mastermind’ behind a gruesome murder that shocked a quiet Mossley street has been arrested.

John Belfield was wanted in connection with the slaying of Thomas Campbell at a house on Riverside in July.

John Belfield is now in custody in South America

And after it was suspected he was in Spain or on the island of Lanzarote, he was in fact held on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean in Suriname, South America, on drugs charges.

Now after he has been dealt with in that country, the 28-year-old is likely to be handed over to the Greater Manchester force.

Belfield had evaded arrest until he was picked up in Suriname on Thursday, March 23.

The body of Thomas Campbell was found at his home in Mossley

A public appeal to help trace Belfield was launched by GMP in August. Since then, officers worked tirelessly to find him.

Now they are hailing his arrest.

Detective Chief Inspector Liz Hopkinson from GMP’s major incident team said: “The news of Belfield’s arrest is an important development in our investigation.

“We will be working with international law enforcement agencies to bring Belfield back to Manchester and continue in our pursuit to find answers for Thomas’ family.

“Through vigilance shown by our colleagues in South America, Belfield was recognised by Suriname’s law enforcement upon his arrest and information regarding his whereabouts was shared with our Force Critical Wanted Unit.

“We have previously released numerous appeals to ask for help in finding him and we thank the public for their continued support in this case.

“This is an excellent result which shows once again that UK law enforcement does not give up on finding those abroad who are wanted for offences in the UK.”

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