Surrey Police arrested a convict in Walton on Friday (March 20) wanted by the Polish authorities for 18 years over a string of serious offences.

Adam Danielewicz was apprehended by officers from Surrey Police at a Walton property where he had been hiding under a false name that belonged to a deceased man.

Danielewicz was wanted on a European arrest warrant on charges of drug trafficking, firearms possession and fraud.

At a hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court on March 21, he was remanded in custody for an ongoing extradition process to continue.

He had previously been sentenced for six and a half years by a Polish court in his absence and the process of him starting to serve that sentence will now begin.

Detective Sergeant Martyn Linton who led the operation described the case:

"This is a significant arrest for very serious offences that have taken place in Poland," she said.

"Danielewicz thought that he could evade justice by hiding in Surrey under a false name.

"We work with colleagues from around the world on a daily basis and Surrey is not a safe place for fugitives to hide."