A deaf dad who says he can "only lip-read Scouse" has lost his battle to stand trial in the UK for allegedly blowing up cash machines.

Harry Meadows has spent the last two years challenging an extradition order which had ruled he leave the UK for the prosecution.

But the 39-year-old claimed he wouldn't be able to follow Spanish proceedings, not being able to read or write properly, or do sign language, with his only form of understanding by "lip-reading those with Liverpool accents."

On Thursday, Meadows lost his final last-ditch appeal at the High Court in London and so will now be extradited to Spain.

His lawyers drew attention to his struggling mental health and warnings of self-harm if the journey from England to Spain went ahead.

Now, Sir Duncan Ousley has rubber-stamped the extradition.

Still from CCTV video showing an explosion of an ATM

Meadows, from Whiston, who denies the allegations against him, is suspected of being part of the Costa Del Sol crime spree during which a gang used handmade explosives to blow up cash machines from Malaga to Marbella, making off with almost £300,000.

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Meadows, whose 17-year-old son James was shot dead in Huyton, was arrested and questioned in Spain, spending three months in custody - where he swam and played football but was unable to communicate with others.

The High Court heard how he was cautioned for extradition offences, and told police he had "never been to Spain."

James Meadows, 17, who died after being shot in Lyme Cross Road, Huyton

Benjamin Seifert, representing Mr Meadows, said: "There would be a real injustice if he were now surrendered to Spain.

"Surrender would now both be unjust and oppressive.

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"Further evidence has been served to indicate that he is unfit to plead.

"...the Spanish response to all these concerns has been insufficient to allay any fears that these [mental health] concerns can be mitigated."

He added: "If the appeal is not reopened Mr Meadows will be surrendered to Spain and travel in circumstances where he is clearly suffering from a significant level of psychological pressure and therefore it would be oppressive to affect his removal."

A police cordon in Lyme Cross Road, Huyton, following the death of James Meadows
A police cordon in Lyme Cross Road, Huyton, following the death of James Meadows

Lawyers for the Spanish government argued that steps would be taken to cater for Mr Meadows' disabilities, stating the flight to their country was "very short" and special communication cards could be provided, for which he could be coached.

The authorities in Spain are seeking the return of at least five other suspects - all thought to be in UK jails - to face prosecution.

It has been heard how Mr Meadows was born deaf, has limited reading and writing skills and has never learned sign language, and while he can lip-read, it was claimed he could only successfully understand lip-reading in "Scouse."

Meadows has previously claimed how he went to Spain for a holiday for a few weeks in December 2013. Part of the holiday was to look after a house, for which he was told he would be given some money.

He said he was not involved in any criminal activity.

Meadows argued he had stayed at the house and then might go to the pub for meals or other reasons but otherwise did nothing else, only realising he was in trouble when police raided the property.

An order detailing when extradition will happen is set to be finalised soon, bringing an end to two years of a court battle to remain in the UK.