One of Scotland Yard's most wanted men has been arrested in Holland six years after he escaped during an armed ambush on a prison van.

Noel Cunningham went on the run in June 2003 when two gunmen stopped the van taking him to Inner London Crown Court. The driver was shot in the leg and a guard was pistol-whipped across the face.

Cunningham was arrested at 8 p.m. Tuesday after officers from the Metropolitan Police and Serious Organized Crime Agency (Soca) traced him to Amsterdam where he was living under a false identity.

He will appear in court on Sept. 11 after being seized in the Amamstelveen district and extradition proceedings will start.

Cunningham, thought to be 48, was due to face charges over the alleged planning of a $2 million robbery from a security van in Brixton, South London.

He is wanted on charges of conspiracy to steal, possession of a firearm and escaping from custody.

Cunningham was able to escape with Clifford Hobbs, 47, who faced the same robbery charges, after the ambush by two men, one of whom was dressed as a postman.

The two were spirited away from the scene and managed to flee the country.

In August 2007, Hobbs, described as one of London's "Premier League" gangsters, was arrested in Puerto Banus, Spain. He was convicted of firearms offences in a British court last year.

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