A MANHUNT is underway for a British gangster wanted in connection to a gruesome murder in Alicante.
Paul John Scott, 32, is also thought to be part of a plot to smuggle 40 tonnes of cocaine into the UK from South America inside tins of fish and wooden pellets.
The National Crime Agency named Scott, from Liverpool, as the prime suspect in the horrific killing of 25-year-old Brit Francis Brennan, whose body washed up on a beach in a plastic bag in April.
Brennan, also from Liverpool, had been on the run in Spain ahead of a sentencing for wounding when he disappeared. He was kidnapped by men disguised as police officers.
Scott is also the last man wanted in connection to plans to flood the UK with imported drugs. 24 members of the British criminal network were jailed for more than 250 years in October 2011.
Greg McKenna, NCA North West Investigations Branch Commander, said Scott is believed to be somewhere in Europe at the moment.
“Paul Scott is the last man outstanding in our investigation into the plot to flood the UK with huge quantities of drugs. He is also wanted for questioning in relation to the murder of Francis Brennan,” he said.
“We are working closely with Merseyside Police and the Spanish authorities to locate him but we need the help of the public too.
“If you have information on the whereabouts of Scott, no matter how small or trivial it seems, please contact the NCA or Crimestoppers anonymously.”