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Watch: Hunt for one-legged drug dealer who has family in Northern Ireland

Richard Wakeling, 52, from Essex, who is facing an 11-year jail term for trying to import drugs, has been on the run for more than a year.

The NCA is appealing for information to trace one-legged drugs kingpin Richard Wakeling (National Crime Agency/PA)
The NCA is appealing for information to trace one-legged drugs kingpin Richard Wakeling (National Crime Agency/PA)

CCTV footage has been released of a one-legged drug dealer who has been a fugitive for more than a year.

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

He fled before his trial began and was sentenced to 11 years in his absence at Chelmsford Crown Court on April 9 last year.

On Monday, the National Crime Agency released CCTV footage of him leaving his home on January 5 last year as investigators continue to try to track him down.

The clip shows him chatting to a workman and getting into his white Audi Q3, registration number EF66 ZWR.

He left Essex that day and travelled through Iver in Buckinghamshire, before catching a bus from Heathrow to Glasgow and taking a ferry from Stranraer to Belfast.

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CCTV still issued by the National Crime Agency (NCA/PA)

The NCA said he has family in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Canada and Thailand.

A week after he disappeared, his car was driven back to his home in Essex.

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.”

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