The L-registered dark green car, which matches the vehicle police are trying to trace following the murder of Stephen Cameron in May, entered the Turkish-occupied part of the island in July. After press reports that Mr Noye had been seen in the north, the security services in southern Cyprus conducted their own discreet investigation. While they were unable to establish Mr Noye's whereabouts on the island, they found that a car registered in his name had been unloaded at Kyrenia, the port on Cyprus's northern coast.
A spokesman for the Cyprus High Commission in London confirmed that it had received a fax from the authorities in Nicosia, saying: "According to our information, a Turkish- Cypriot from England has transferred to the occupied area a Land Rover Discovery whose last owner was Kenneth Noye."
Shortly after the stabbing of Mr Cameron at Swanley, Kent, police announced they were looking for Mr Noye, who was released from jail in 1994 after serving eight years for handling the proceeds of the pounds 26m Brink's Mat bullion robbery in 1983.
During the Brink's Mat investigation, Mr Noye stabbed to death a policeman who was staking out his Kent home. Mr Noye, who stabbed the police officer, John Fordham, 10 times, was acquitted of his murder, claiming he panicked and acted out of self-defence.
In May this year, Mr Cameron was killed in a savage attack at the junction of the M20 and M25, not far from Mr Noye's Sevenoaks home. Within days of the murder, police revealed that the car they were searching for was a dark green Land Rover Discovery registered in the name of Anthony Francis, an alias of Mr Noye. Neighbours reported seeing a car answering that description parked at Mr Noye's house shortly before the stabbing.
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