A MAN wanted over the murder of former Leeds University student Lindsay Hawker has been arrested in Japan.
A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We are glad and relieved that the only suspect in this case, Tatsuya Ichihashi, has been found and is now in police custody.
"We are grateful to the Japanese police for their efforts and we remain in close contact with the Hawker family."
Ms Hawker’s naked and battered body was found in a bathtub full of sand in Tokyo.
The 22-year-old, from Brandon, near Coventry, was pursuing her dream of teaching English in Japan.
She was last seen on March 25, 2007 with Ichihashi, and her body was discovered on the balcony of his flat in Tokyo.
The 30-year-old - Japanese police’s only suspect - had been on the run amid reports that he might may have undergone cosmetic surgery to change his appearance.
Police detained a man believed to be Ichihashi at the ferry port in the city of Osaka after receiving an emergency call at about 6pm local time on Tuesday, Japanese media reported.
He told officers: "I am Ichihashi", according to the Yomiuri Shinbun newspaper.
Ms Hawker’s father, William, issued an appeal to the Japanese public for her killer to be caught shortly after the discovery of her body, saying her death brought "shame" upon the country.