Exclusive by Tom Bristow, Reporter
Saturday, December 8, 2012
A fugitive on the run from Hungarian police has been found on a Costessey housing estate.
Istvan Toth is wanted in Hungary on suspicion of assault and an affray.
However, the 42-year-old could soon be returning to his home country after it emerged he has been living in a house on Magnolia Way, Queen’s Hills.
Toth has been arrested under a European warrant and deportation proceedings have now started.
And bizarrely, while living in the house, the man has also upset neighbours by setting up a smoked meat plant in his back garden – which was taken down yesterday afternoon.
Toth converted a shed in his Costessey garden to smoke meat inside, provoking protests from neighbours.
The Evening News understands that Toth was arrested by Norfolk Police in Wymondham on June 27 at a garage in the town where he worked.
He appeared at the City of Westminster Magistrates Court on June 28 in the first hearing of extradition proceedings.
Toth was bailed back to his Costessey home and has since had several hearings in London over the deportation case.
He will appear in court again in February. Norolk police confirmed the arrest took place.
Meanwhile, South Norfolk Council’s environmental health officers visited Toth’s home in the summer, following a complaint that he was smoking meat in a garden shed.
The council said the issue was resolved and according to neighbours the smoking stopped, but has now started up again, prompting more complaints.
One woman who lives nearby said: “The smoking shed gives off a horrendous smell and the meat is stored and prepared in their garage which also gives off awful smells.
“It absolutely ridiculous. I just went to work one day, came back, and there it was.”
Neighbours also contacted South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon who called on the council to take action.
He said: “I do think it is unacceptable that my constituents have to endure the smells that emanate from the smoke house at the property concerned.”
Council officers were due to visit next week but when the Evening News visited the house yesterday afternoon the shed had been taken down and only the foundations were left.
There was a strong smell of smoked meat in the air.
Toth could not be reached for comment.
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