June 23, 2022 4.56 pm This story is over 24 months old

Wanted man detained in Portugal

Alistair Riggott has been arrested

A man wanted for numerous child sex offences has been arrested in Northern Portugal.

53-year-old Alistair Riggott of Grosvenor Road, Skegness, was arrested on Tuesday by the Portuguese Judicial Police Fugitive Team in a joint operation with the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Riggott’s arrest follows a warrant issued by Boston Magistrates Court on 19 October 2021 when he failed to appear at court. He was charged with numerous offences relating to child sex abuse including attempting to cause a child to watch / look at an image of sexual activity, attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity, attempting to engage a child in sexual communication and the making and possession of indecent images of children.

A wanted man appeal was issued and a meticulous investigation launched into ascertaining Riggott’s whereabouts. Our investigation led to information that he had fled the Country and was living in Portugal.

DI David Mckean said, “The intensive combined efforts of our Officers, colleagues in Portugal, and the NCA led to this positive result and we are very grateful for the support. It’s an important message of reassurance to the public that we will do all in our power to ensure that a suspect is brought before the courts. It’s also a warning to fugitives that we will not give up the search until they are captured, wherever they may try to hide.”

Riggott remains in police custody in Portugal pending extradition proceedings.