MI6 conman Mark Acklom extradited to UK after years on the run

Acklom was arrested in Switzerland in June last year, after being found at a luxury apartment in Zurich where he had been living under a false name after more than two years on the run.He is accused of 12 offences of converting or removing criminal property and eight of fraud by false representation.According to police he posed as a Swiss banker and MI6 agent during a year-long relationship with Carolyn Woods.Acklom allegedly duped her into lending him her life savings for renovation work at a number of properties in Bath.Chief inspector Gary Haskins of Avon and Somerset Police said: “No matter where suspected criminals are in the world we will always do everything we can to track them down and bring them back to the UK to face justice.”This extradition would not have been possible without the support of all our law enforcement partners and I’m extremely grateful for their assistance in helping us bring Acklom home to answer some very serious charges.”Ian Cruxton, head of international operations for the NCA, said: “We have worked closely with our partners in Switzerland and Avon and Somerset Police to bring about this extradition and put Mark Acklom before the UK courts. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. One of Britain’s most wanted fugitives has been extradited from Switzerland to the UK.Alleged fraudster Mark Acklom, 45, is said to have fleeced a woman out of £850,000 in life savings after posing as an MI6 agent in a romance scam in 2012.Acklom was escorted to Bristol Airport from Geneva by specially trained officers on Friday, Avon and Somerset Police said.He is currently in police custody and due to appear at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.A spokesman for the National Crime Agency (NCA) said they had worked closely with partners in Switzerland and Avon and Somerset Police to bring about the extradition and put Acklom before the British courts. “This case once again demonstrates our ability to track down fugitives wherever they may be.”The NCA’s international reach means there is no safe place to hide for individuals wanted in the UK.” Mark Acklom had been living in Geneva, SwitzerlandCredit:GlobalVision Communication / GlobalFlyCam A photo published by Sky News on Friday night showed Acklom getting off a plane in Bristol.Police said Acklom was named as one of the UK’s most wanted fugitives as part of Operation Captura, a multi-agency initiative involving the NCA and Crimestoppers to track down British fugitives abroad.A European Arrest Warrant was issued for Acklom in June 2016 and he was believed to be at large in Spain, having been released from a Spanish prison over a £200,000 property fraud.In May 2017 he was spotted in Geneva, where he was believed to have been with his family. Geneva, Switzerland read more

Bilfinger Berger buys Diemme mining filter press business

first_imgDiemme Filtration, the long-standing manufacturer and supplier of global filter presses to the mining industry located in Lugo, Italy, has been acquired from the controlling Melandri family by Bilfinger Berger SE, a leading German multinational company in the building and industry services sectors. Bilfinger Berger stated that is expanding its range of services in filter technology, and that the Diemme assets complement its current portfolio in water and waste treatment and allow it to become “a technological leader in the supply of industrial filter presses.” Diemme Filtration has an annual output volume of around €40 million and has been highly profitable in recent years.The experienced management team at Diemme will remain with the company. “With the new joint-venture, we are adding additional client groups, new markets, and a high level of technological competence to our existing business in environmental and water technology”, explained Klaus Raps, the responsible Member of the Executive Board at Bilfinger Berger SE. “In Bilfinger Berger we have been able to attract a strong financial international partner that will enable the filter division to grow and achieve its full potential in the global market” said Rino Melandri, current reference shareholder of Diemme SpA.Diemme Filtration is active in 42 countries, in Europe as well as India, Russia and South America, and primarily serves industrial clients, especially in the mining sector. Bilfinger Berger Facility Services has to date predominantly served public sector clients in the filter sector through the Passavant-Geiger group, specialised in environmental technologies and water treatment. The new owner believes that Diemme Filtration will complement and strengthen the Passavant-Geiger group, part of the business unit Facility Services of Bilfinger Berger.The Bilfinger Berger statement added: “Stricter environmental requirements and enhanced ecological awareness increase the demands placed on the treatment of industrial waste, especially in the mining sector. At the same time, new areas of application are also arising, in particular in raw material extraction and refining for the chemical and mining industry.”last_img read more