Man accused of injuring King’s Lynn woman arrested in Germany

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A man accused of knocking down an elderly woman after stealing from a Lynn supermarket has been arrested in Germany.

Extradition proceedings have begun against Alexsandrs Kukuskins, 29, following a joint operation between the British, German and Latvian authorities.

Ann Banyard has still not fully recovered from the injuries she sustained when knocked over outside Sainsbury's in Lynn's town centre last year, her family says

Ann Banyard has still not fully recovered from the injuries she sustained when knocked over outside Sainsbury's in Lynn's town centre last year, her family says

And the family of one of his alleged victims has spoken of their relief at the news of his capture.

A warrant was issued for Kukuskins’ arrest last July after he failed to appear before Lynn’s magistrates court.

He had been summoned on allegations of causing grievous bodily harm, without intent, to Ann Banyard following an incident in the town centre on April 6 last year.

He was also accused of stealing a bottle of whiskey from the Sainsbury’s store in the Vancouver Quarter on the same day.

News of the arrest has been welcomed by Mrs Banyard’s family, who were unhappy that he was released on bail following his initial detention.

They were told of the development on Wednesday morning and Mrs Banyard’s daughter-in-law, Tracy Whitby, said: “She was crying when they told her. She has been living in fear all that time. It’s about time they caught him.”

Mrs Banyard, who has osteoporosis and a spinal condition, suffered a broken arm in the incident which required surgery.

And Tracy said: “She still can’t use her arm.”

A National Crime Agency spokesman yesterday confirmed that Kukuskins had been detained in the west German town of Mappen, around 12 miles from the border with the Netherlands, last Friday.

He said extradition had been ordered and proceedings to bring Kukuskins back to Britain were continuing.