Conman flees country after stealing £850,000 from divorcee

Mark Acklom posed as an MI6 spy and promised to marry Carolyn Woods

Conman flees after stealing £850,000 from divorcee
(Acklom pictured in 1991)

An alleged conman has gone on the run in Spain, amid claims he seduced a beautiful divorcee and scammed her life savings.

Mark Acklom left his alleged victim Carolyn Woods in emotional and financial ruin after promising to marry her, she claims.

Ms Woods claims he pretended to be an MI6 spy and lured her into giving him her £850,000 savings during a year-long romance in Bath.

She told Sky News : "I was completely devastated, he left me destitute and destroyed my life. I felt as though I had fallen in love. He told me he had never felt this way about anyone and we must get married.

"I've still got the wedding dress I never wore. It was all a charade. At the time I actually wished he had killed me. I was suicidal."

Avon and Somerset police began trying to track Acklom last year and realised he was in Spain. British police have now issued a European arrest warrant against the 43-year-old.

They are hoping to put him on trail for "fraud by false representation" against Ms Woods. Acklom's alleged web of lies began when he first met Ms Woods, claiming he was Mark Conway - a Swiss banker visiting the UK to buy an airfield.

They begun to court and moved in together within days - although she discovered he was living nearby with his wife and two children.

She described him as 'flirtatious and charming'.

To back up his MI6 fantasy, she says he drove her to the secret service's London headquarters - waltzing past two armed guards after parking the car.

He told Sky News Ms Woods' claims were "nonsense", but later insisted he didn't really understand what she was saying about him.

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