NOS News•today, 12:42
A Briton has been arrested in Belgium for hitting two police officers in France, Flemish media report. It concerns 51-year-old Robert Hendy-Freegard, a notorious con man whose story has been covered more than once in films and documentaries.
The Briton was missing for eight days after he hit the officers. Police were at his home in Vidallat, in central France, last week, where the man and his partner run a dog farm. Police said it was illegal. When officers asked the Brit for his papers, he accelerated and drove over the two police officers, De Morgen writes. The officers landed on the hood, one of them suffered fractures in the face.
Yesterday Hendy-Freegard was arrested in Groot-Bijgaarden, on the west side of Brussels. The Briton is brought before the examining magistrate and the council chamber determines whether he will be handed over to France.
Robert Hendy-Freegard left a trail of destruction as a con man. For years he pretended to be a spy for the British secret service MI5 and so cheated women more than 1 million pounds.
The Briton was sentenced to life in prison in 2005 for fraud and kidnapping. Four years later, he was released because a higher court found that he was not holding the women against their will and that there was therefore no question of kidnapping. In 2015 he moved to France.
The film about the scams was released this summer Rogue Agent with James Norton and Gemma Arterton and early this year came the Netflix documentary The Puppet Master: Hunting the Ultimate Conman from.