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Police can't arrest Alice Gross suspect if he's found abroad

Alice, who is 14, went missing on 28 August in west London.
Sep 24th 2014, 10:09 PM 14,810 6

Alice Gross missing Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

POLICE SEARCHED THE grounds of Ealing Hospital in West London today in their continued intensive search for missing teenager Alice Gross.

Gross (14) went missing in west London on 28 August. The investigation intensified after information about the main suspect in the case emerged.

Today it emerged that at this point in the investigation, there is no European Arrest Warrant out for this chief suspect, who is also missing.

Alice Gross missing Source: Steve Parsons

Police are seeking Arnis Zalkalns, 41, in connection with Alice’s disappearance.

He is a builder who was seen on CCTV cycling close to where the teen went missing on the day she disappeared.

Today, The Guardian reported that the Metropolitan Police said that Zalkalns cannot be arrested if he has fled abroad.

This is because at this point there is not enough evidence for police to charge him, which in turn means he does not qualify for a European Arrest Warrant.

It emerged on 18 September in the British media that Zalkalns had been convicted of stabbing his wife Rudite to death in 1997 in his native Latvia.

Read: Missing London teen: Police search canal as suspect’s violent past emerges>

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