CCTV shows last known movements of one-legged crime boss who went on the run

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CCTV showing the last known movements of a one-legged crime boss who went ‘’on the run’’ before being jailed for 11 years, was released yesterday.

Fugitive Richard Wakeling, who has a prosthetic right leg and needs regular medical treatment, masterminded an £8 million cross-Channel drugs smuggling operation.

Richard Wakeling
The crime boss caught a bus from Heathrow to Glasgow
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Richard Wakeling
The NCA released footage of Richard Wakeling in a bid to trace him
PA:Press Association

Plastic drums of liquefied amphetamine were discovered by Border Force in April 2016, which sparked an investigation by the National Crime Agency.

Wakeling, 52, absconded before his 12-week trial began and was jailed in his absence at Chelmsford Crown Court in April last year.

The NCA yesterday released CCTV footage of Wakeling’s last recorded movements and appealed for help tracing him.

Wakeling has family and friends in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Canada and Thailand and is believed to be abroad.

URGED TO HAND HIMSELF IN

NCA Operations Manager Paul Green said: “Wakeling has been on the run for well over a year now and knows we are still looking for him.

“He should also know we will do everything in our power to bring him back to serve his sentence.

“I would urge him to hand himself in. I’ve no doubt someone seeing this appeal will have information about his whereabouts.’’
Wakeling jumped bail on January 5 last year after leaving his home in Brentwood, Essex, at 9.48am in a white Audi Q3, registration number EF66 ZWR.

The car was in the area of Iver, Bucks, later that day before he caught a bus from Heathrow to Glasgow.


Wakeling took a ferry from Stranraer to Belfast on the following day.

A week later on Saturday January 13, Wakeling’s car was driven back to his home address.

NCA boss Mr Green said: “Anyone helping Wakeling or actively frustrating our efforts to find him could be arrested for assisting an offender.”

Richard Wakeling
The crime boss is caught on CCTV making a run for it
Richard Wakeling
Richard Wakeling is believed to be abroad
Richard Wakeling
The 52-year-old fled before his trial began and was jailed for 11 years in his absence
Richard Wakeling
Richard Wakeling left Essex in a white Audi Q3

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