Europe's MOST wanted: Prostitute killer, cocaine smuggler and mafia boss hunted ...

With Brexit looming, questions remain over the UK's relationship with The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, or EuroPol.

Headquartered in The Hague in the Netherlands, EuroPol is the law enforcement agency of the European Union (EU) and serves as a cross-border police force to track criminals through cooperation between the EU member states.

It's focus is primarily on cracking down on serious international organised crime and terrorism through the sharing of information across borders. 

But with the UK leaving the EU, there have been warnings from UK police chiefs that the country's fight against international crime will be slowed. 

Cross-border investigations will have to be reorganised if the UK crashes out of the EU's security agency with the National Crime Agency saying in November that the UK makes 'extensive use' of Europol's 'significant and unique capabilities'. 

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Pictured: Europol building, The Hague, the Netherlands, is the headquarters of Europol, a European organization, in which national police forces cooperate

Pictured: Europol building, The Hague, the Netherlands, is the headquarters of Europol, a European organization, in which national police forces cooperate 

Part of those capabilities include the hunting for criminals on the run from their home nations in the European Union, many of whom are wanted for murder, rape, drug offences and other serious crimes. 

There are currently 50 people on Europol's most wanted list. Out of them, 47 are male and three are female, with ages ranging from 21 to 72.

32 nationalities are represented on the list - some also from outside of the EU that are wanted in its member states, with Bulgaria being the most represented nation with four people, while France and Russia both have three.

The UK has two members on the list - one from England and one from Scotland - both of whom are wanted for murder. The English man - Nathan Smith - is believed to be on the run somewhere on the continent.

Nathan Smith - Male, 27 - English

Wanted for: Murder, grievous bodily injury

State of case: Failed to attend court

Nathan Smith, wanted for murder

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Nathan Smith, wanted for murder

Nathan Smith, a 27-year-old male, is currently the one entry from England on EuroPol's most wanted list.

He is wanted by police in connection with a fatal stabbing in London's Finsbury Park on Friday, 3 January 2020, that saw  the death of Takieddine Boudhane – known as Taki.

The 30-year-old Algerian delivery driver was involved in a traffic alteration in London which escalated to him being stabbed to death 

London's Metropolitan Police is offering up to a £10,000 reward for information that could lead to the identification, arrest and prosecution for the person responsible for Taki's death.

'We are very keen to speak to Nathan Smith as part of our ongoing enquiries,' Detective Chief Inspector Neil John, who is leading the investigation, said of the case. 

'We know that he fled the country the day after Taki's murder, initially travelling to Austria and then onto Switzerland. We are confident he has now moved elsewhere in Europe or potentially further afield.

'There is a European Arrest Warrant out for Nathan and our enquiries continue in several countries, with assistance from the NCA,' John said.

He added that the police believe there are also people who know of Smith's whereabouts, or that have seen him over the past 6 months, and have urged them to contact the Met.

They add that Smith has connections to north London, particularly the areas of Islington, Camden and Kittenish Town.   

Derek Ferguson - Male, 57 - Scottish

Wanted for: Murder, grievous bodily injury

State of case: Failed to attend court 

Derek Ferguson, wanted for murder and other gangland activities

Derek Ferguson, wanted for murder and other gangland activities

Scotland's 'most wanted man' Derek 'Deco' Ferguson is the only other current UK member of EuroPol's most wanted list after Nathan Smith.

He has been on the run since the 2007 murder of Thomas Cameron at the Auchinairn Tavern, Bishopbriggs near Glasgow, which he is wanted in connection to. 

The gangland enforcer has also been linked with a second murder - of a second suspect named Billy Bates, who's body was found dumped in the river Clyde in an oil drum. 

He was found out following a hacking operation by the National Crime Agency that uncovered thousands of encrypted text messages.

He is believed to have fled to his Spanish hiding place and is moving between safe houses out of fear that the police will finally track him down.

Mob bosses reportedly used the encrypted system to talk about drug deals, plan robberies and organise hits - thinking it was secure from the cops - who turned out to be reading their messages for three months. 

Elena Puzyrvich - Female, 40 - Russian

Wanted for: Trafficking in human beings

State of case: Ongoing investigation 

Elena Puzyrvich, wanted for human trafficking

Elena Puzyrvich, wanted for human trafficking

Along with her business partner, Elena Puzyrvich ran a club in the Cáceres region of Spain.

Nine Russian women - all of whom lacked official residence and work permits in Spain - worked out of the club.

Puzyrvich was later convicted after it was proven that she was in charge of controlling the club's accounts, and controlling the Russian woman who were working as prostitutes.

Using her connections in her home country, she was able to lure Russian woman to Spain to work for her.  

The girls were given a tourist visa and a plane ticket to travel to Spain, being collected - sometimes by Elena herself - upon arrival at Barajas airport, Europol says.

They would be taken to the club where they would practice prostitution indefinitely and without any legal labour regulations.

Some of the girls were decieved over the type of work they would be doing under Puzyrvich, and were forced into prostitution by being told they were in debt to Puzyrvich because of their travel costs.

Puzyrvich was sentenced to a total of 12 and a half years for illegal detention, determination to prostitution and for the crime against the rights of foreign citizens. She is now on the run.

Tibor Foco - Male, 64 - Austrian

Wanted for: Murder, grievous bodily injury

State of case: Ongoing investigation

Tibor Foco, wanted for murder and grevious bodily injury

Tibor Foco, wanted for murder and grevious bodily injury

The Criminal Intelligence Service of Austria is offering a 20,000 EURO reward for Tibor Foco, who was sentenced to life in prison for the killing of 23-year-old Elfriede Hochgatterer - a prostitute - on March 13, 1986.

Foco was a pimp, but also previously a motorcycle mountain racing champion. 

On the night of the murder, Foco killed Hochgatterer with a gunshot to the face using a revolver, near some railway tracks in Linz.

Hochgatterer worked around 200 metres away from where her body was found the following day - at the red-light 'restaurant Bunny', which belonged to Foco.

He was arrested the next day, but denied the act and received an alibi from his ex-wife, who later revoked it. 

A year later, on March 31 1987, Foco was sentenced to life in prison, but the case has since been reopened.

On April 27, 1995 Foco escaped from Prison while he was on leave to study. While at the Faculty of Law at the University of Linz, he was able to escape with the help of an accomplice who left a garage key and tear gas in the University's toilet. 

Foco escaped from a private garage on a black Kawasaki ZX 750 F 'Ninja' motorcycle, which is yet to be found to this day. The escape was found to have been planned for years.

Plank Zoltan - Male, 54 - Hungarian

Wanted for: Murder, grievous bodily injury & Organised or armed robbery 

State of case: Ongoing investigation

Hungarin Plank Zoltan, wanted for Murder, grievous bodily injury & Organised or armed robbery

Hungarin Plank Zoltan, wanted for Murder, grievous bodily injury & Organised or armed robbery

Hungarian Plank Zoltan and his businesses associates are wanted for allegedly hiring two assassins to kill one of their former partners.

The assassins found their target on August 25, 2014 outside of his house, where they stabbed him multiple times.

They left him on the ground thinking was dead, but the man was found and taken to hospital. In the end, he survived the attack.

A month later, Zoltan and his gang allegedly stopped a car full of Chinese

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