Wednesday 26th May 2010
Gray, who absconded from court on Wednesday 12th May 2010 and has been
in hiding ever since, was arrested today during a random spot check
by police at 10.35am between junctions 4a and 5 (northbound) on the M5
near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. He will be back at Aylesbury Crown
Court tomorrow morning to be sentenced.
The Chiltern district's head of policing, Chief Inspector Ian Hunter, said: “I'm delighted that he's been arrested. We've been relentlessly pursuing and following all lines of enquiry.
“I was very confident he was going to be caught and that has now happened today. He will now carry out the sentence as the court had intended.”
The RSPCA were called to Spindles Farm on Thursday 20th May 2010, after a member of the public reported seeing a lame goat, James Gray was not available as he was still on the run at the time. Chief Inspector Rob Skinner said "We had a call regarding a lame goat, we have given advice and did not leave Spindles Farm until a visit from a vet was booked." The RSPCA will be returning this week to check up on the goat.
The Gray family are understood to have 18 goats and some chickens at the farm.
Tuesday 18th May 2010
Chief Inspector Ian Hunter of Thames Valley Police the
local Area Commander for the Chilterns said he was confident of
apprehending James John Gray soon.
A warrant was issued for the arrest of James Gray on Wednesday 12th May 2010, when he absconded from Aylesbury Crown Court during a break in proceedings before receiving his sentence, he managed to walk right past the two security guards and go into the town before it was noticed he was not there.
Chief Inspector Ian Hunter said Thames Valley Police had received information from members of the public which was assisting them in tracking down James Gray.