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Essex crime boss wanted by National Crime Agency

Picture: Richard Wakeling

The National Crime Agency has released CCTV footage of an organised crime group boss from Essex who fled before he was convicted and sentenced to 11 years.

52-year-old Richard Wakeling from Brentwood tried to import £8million of liquid amphetamine into the UK in April 2016.

On April 9 last year he was sentenced in his absence at Chelmsford Crown Court after he absconded before his 12-week trial began.

15 months on, the NCA has released CCTV footage of Wakeling’s last recorded movements and is appealing for help tracing him.

Wakeling left his home in Juniper Court, Beech Avenue by car at 9.48am on 5 January He drove off in his car, a white Audi Q3, registration number EF66 ZWR.

The car, a white Audi Q3 with registration number EF66 ZWR, was in the Iver area later that day before he caught a bus from Heathrow to Glasgow. The following day he took a ferry from Stranraer to Belfast.

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

Wakeling has family and friends in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Canada and Thailand.

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.

“Anyone helping Wakeling or actively frustrating our efforts to find him could be arrested for assisting an offender.”

Wakeling has a prosthetic leg and needs regular medical treatment.

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