Fugitive jailed following arrest at East Winch airfield

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One of Britain’s most wanted men, who was arrested when he landed at a West Norfolk airstrip, has been jailed for 14 years for a drugs offence.

Paul Scott, 32, of Liverpool, was detained at the East Winch airfield in December last month having spent four years on the run from police.

He was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday, Wednesday, January 21, after pleading guilty to a single charge of conspiring to import cocaine.

He was also wanted by the Spanish authorities in connection with the murder of 25-year-old Francis Brennan in Alicante last year. He was arrested on a European arrest warrant following the hearing.

Passing sentence, Judge David Aubrey rejected his claim that he had come back to hand himself in and that he just wanted one more night with his family.

Officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) said Scott was part of a 26-strong network consisting of criminals from Liverpool and London, who worked with overseas traffickers to import cocaine from South and Central America, along with heroin and amphetamine from Europe.

NCA regional branch commander Greg McKenna said: “Scott was the last man outstanding in a plot to smuggle vast quantities of cocaine into the UK.

“Our determination to track him down and bring him to justice demonstrates our commitment to dismantling criminal networks from top to bottom.”