A MAN who was placed on Europe's most wanted list has been arrested in connection with the murder of a dad at a farm in Cheshire.

Christopher Guest More Jnr, from Lymm, was taken into custody in Malta on Thursday on a European arrest warrant.

His arrest follows an extensive international appeal to find the 41-year-old to question him about an incident that happened nearly 16 years ago.

Brian Waters died on June 19, 2003 at Burnt House Farm near Knutsford.

More Jr - along with a number of associates – is alleged to have travelled to the remote farmhouse where, after demands for money were refused, a number of people were assaulted.

Mr Waters was beaten so badly that he died at the scene.

More Jnr, who was put on Europe's most wanted list in April, appeared in court in Malta today, Saturday, and extradition proceedings are now underway.

Assistant Chief Constable Matt Burton, from Cheshire Constabulary, said: “Our determination to find Christopher Guest More Jr has not faltered and, over the years, we have remained committed to locating him.

“This latest development highlights the close working relationship between Cheshire Constabulary and the National Crime Agency along with law enforcement agencies abroad and I would like to thank colleagues for all of their assistance.

“I would also like to thank members of the public for all of their support and information provided on the back of our appeals.”

Three people have been convicted of the murder of Brian Waters.

They are:

• John Wilson, 69, - convicted in August 2004 – jailed for life, with a minimum of 24 years

• James Raven, 60, - convicted in August 2004 – jailed for life, with a minimum of 24 years

• Otis Matthews, 41, - convicted in October 2007 – jailed for life, with a minimum of 22 years