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Joe Thomas

Merseyside's most wanted fugitives who fled abroad to escape police

Four men with links to Merseyside were today named among the UK’s most wanted fugitives.

The appeals, released by the National Crime Agency, revealed that detectives believed each of the suspects could be in Spain.

The launch of the campaign added new faces to the list of men from the region who are being sought in connection with investigations into serious criminality.

READ MORE: UK's most wanted fugitives named as detectives take hunt to Spain

John Jones, Mark Roberts, Dean Garforth and Joshua ‘The Big Guy’ Hendry are the latest to become the focus of international efforts to hunt them down.

Jones is wanted over a double stabbing in Ormskirk, Roberts a vicious attempted robbery in Allerton and Garforth and Hendry over drugs offences.

They join a long list of Liverpool men who became the subject of international manhunts - many of whom have gone on to be caught, typically in Spain, the Netherlands or, more recently, Dubai.

But two significant names remain outstanding.

A photo of David Ungi Jnr that was released by police who want to speak to him on suspicion of the murder of Vinny Waddington in July, 2015 (Pa/Crimestoppers)

One of those is David Ungi, wanted in connection with the murder of Vinny Waddington.

On July 15, 2015, 18 hours after Mr Waddington was shot dead in Garston, Ungi was seen leaving the country.

Footage caught him calmly strolling through Dover Ferry Terminal and he is initially believed to have travelled to Amsterdam.

Ungi, described by NCA officers as an “extremely dangerous individual”, remains on the run.

Also still at large is Kevin Parle, wanted in connection with the murders of Walton mum Lucy Hargreaves and Toxteth teen Liam Kelly.

The 6ft 6in fugitive, also known as Hemp, has been on the run since 2005 and is the subject of a search campaign by former Scotland Yard detective Peter Bleksley, who is known for starring in Channel 4 show Hunted.

Ex-Hunted Star Peter Bleksley with a poster of Kevin Parle. (Pic Andrew Teebay). (Andrew Teebay/Liverpool Echo)

While there are some in law enforcement who believe Parle is dead, he remains at the top of the UK’s most wanted list with efforts to find him ongoing.

Mr Bleksley has said he has received reported sightings of Parle across Europe and Asia, and his high-profile hunt to trace him continues.

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