Drug dealer jailed, Ungi update and man airlifted to hospital


Good evening, these are the last titles of ECHO from Monday, May 9th.

Drug dealer who bought cocaine stolen from Liverpool ‘company’ had letters from Dale Cregan

A criminal who bought cocaine after it was stolen from a Liverpool gang has received letters from jailed murderer Dale Cregan.

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Richard Caswell conspired with the Cox brothers to steal 30kg of cocaine from a house in Croxdale Road West. A father and son were lacerated and beaten in the violent robbery when more than £1million worth of cocaine was stolen by Caswell, Jason and Craig Cox.

Last month, Manchester Crown Court heard how the Cox brothers quickly began selling the stolen drugs to associated criminals across the city. Michael Nevin, who worked as a courier for the Cox gang, contacted East Manchester drugs boss Leon Atkinson.

Atkinson sent a friend of his to meet Nevin near the Manchester City ground in the city’s Openshaw area. During the surrender, Nevin sold six kilograms of cocaine to Nathan Powell, who used the Encro “Festivetape” handle.


David Ungi ‘may have to face justice in Spain’ before being brought back to UK

David Ungi, 30, was wanted for his alleged role in the murder of Vinny Waddington, 18, in Liverpool in 2015

One of the UK’s most wanted fugitives may face justice in Spain before being returned to the UK to be questioned on suspicion of murder.

David Ungi jnr was arrested at a gym inside a shopping center in the town of Coin, Malaga, alongside three other men. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said officers in Spain also seized a Ruger 9mm pistol and ammunition from a backpack during the operation.

Ungi, formerly of Melbreck Road in Allerton, boarded a ferry from Dover and went missing on the European mainland on July 15, 2015, less than 24 hours after teenager Vinny Waddington was shot dead in Banks Road, Garston . Two men were convicted of murder and jailed for life in 2016, but Ungi remained wanted until Thursday last week (May 5).

Ungi, now 30, has already appeared in a Spanish court for a first appearance and extradition proceedings are expected to follow. However, ECHO understands that in “most cases” in Spain, suspected domestic offenses are considered first before extradition proceedings can begin.


Man airlifted to hospital in ‘serious’ condition after motorbike crash

Air Ambulance taking off from a field along the Coastal Road,Ainsdale.
Air Ambulance taking off from a field along the Coastal Road,Ainsdale.

A man in his 50s was airlifted to hospital in serious condition after a crash between a motorbike and a car.

Emergency services rushed to Coastal Road in Southport around 1.30pm on Monday May 9 following reports of a crash. Once at the scene, Merseyside Police officers discovered that a blue Honda motorbike and a gray and white Toyota SUV were involved in the incident, which happened at the junction of Willowbank Holiday Home & Touring Park .

The North West Ambulance Service was called to the scene and an air ambulance was also requested. The helicopter landed in a nearby field and a man in his 50s was airlifted from the scene to hospital with injuries described as “serious”.

A North West Ambulance Service spokesperson said: ‘A man in his 50s was airlifted to hospital following an RTC involving a motorcyclist. We received a 999 call at 1.29pm.

A spokesperson for the North West Air Ambulance Charity said: ‘We can confirm that the North West Air Ambulance Charity was called to a road traffic accident (RTC) in Ainsdale at approximately 1.50pm on Monday 9th May.

Merseyside Police closed the coastal road in both directions while dealing with the incident, causing delays in the wider area. Cars began to queue on Pinfold Lane as they tried to get onto Liverpool Road to avoid the crash.


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