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.
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.
most read in uk news
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.”
- GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org