Steven Gerrard’s ‘Uncle Bobby’ who went on the run over a £50m cocaine smuggling deal has been named as one of Britain’s nine most wanted fugitives who are on the run in Holland.
Robert Stephen Gerrard has been at large since 2013 following a raid on a Rotterdam cafe, which was used as an operations centre for an international drug trafficking ring.
The 52-year-old, the second cousin of the Anfield icon who is known to him as ‘Uncle Bobby’, is now among nine fugitives being hunted by authorities amid fears they have fled to the Netherlands.
Steven Gerrard’s ‘Uncle Bobby’ (left) who went on the run over a £50m cocaine smuggling deal is among the nine most wanted fugitives being hunted by British police. Pictured right: The footballer and his wife Alex
Gerrard is wanted by the National Crime Agency for conspiracy to import cocaine, and has also been convicted of possession of a false identity document and obtaining property by deception.
He is being hunted alongside Michael Paul Moogan, also 52 and from Liverpool, who is also accused of being part of the international drug ring.
They are joined in the ‘most wanted list’ by two murder suspects, several alleged drug smugglers and a convicted rapist.
The so-called rogues gallery has been compiled by Crimestoppers and the National Crime Agency (NCA) in a bid to gleam information from the public about the fugitives.
Dave Allen from the NCA said: ‘Those who believe they can use the Netherlands to evade capture or continue illegal activities soon find out that it is not a safe haven.’
Another fugitive who is being sought by police is Shane O’Brien, 28, who stabbed a 21-year-old to death in an unprovoked attack last year.
O’Brien has remained at large since allegedly walking up to Josh Hanson in a bar in Hillingdon, west London and knifing him to death in front of his girlfriend in October 2015.
Today, Mr Hanson’s family, who have been campaigning for justice for the past six months, made another heartfelt appeal for information leading to O’Brien’s arrest.
His mother Tracey said: ‘We need justice for Josh. It’s the least that can be done for him. It would give us the chance to grieve without having to share our grieving process with this campaign.’
Addressing O’Brien directly, she added: ‘Come forward. Hand yourself in. You can’t run forever. Stop our pain.’
O’Brien, who is from London and also uses the first name Troy, is white, slim, 6ft with grey eyes and short, dark brown hair.
He has a birthmark on his face and a tattoo that says Shannon 15-04-06 on his back. There is a £10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest or conviction.
The other murder suspect being hunted by UK authorities is David Ungi, from Liverpool, who is accused of killing Vinny Waddington, 18, in the Garston area of the city in July 2015.
It is claimed that the 24-year-old, with two other men, used a car to ram a motorbike before fatally shooting pillion passenger Mr Waddington and injuring the driver Francis Humphries.
The nine most wanted also includes suspected drug dealer Shazad Ghafoor, 29, who allegedly stole a courtesy car from a Land Rover dealership in Manchester in August 2013 using a false name, sparking a high speed police chase with his wife and children in the car.
The dramatic pursuit ended with him rolling the car in Halifax, West Yorkshire, and police found up to £100,000 in cash stashed in the vehicle.
He is accused of a string of offences for the chase, along with two counts of dealing cannabis for massive hauls that were allegedly found in a car in Withington and a house in Burnage, both in Manchester.
The most wanted also includes suspected drug smuggler David John Walley, 40, who is alleged to have smuggled MDMA and cocaine into the UK in parcels delivered to Manchester; and Ahmed Dervish Omer, 45, from Nottingham, who fled in the middle of his trial in November last year but was found guilty in his absence and sentenced to 10 years for drug dealing.
The remaining suspects include Mark Liscott, 55, from Great Barr, Birmingham, who is wanted for allegedly dealing Class A and B drugs while out on licence for a jail term for dealing cannabis.
Convicted rapist Rezgar Zengana, 33, is also on the list for posing as a minicab driver in Glasgow in December 2006, and picking up a 25-year-old woman who he attacked. He was convicted for ra pe but has yet to be sentenced.
Chairman of Crimestoppers Lord Ashcroft said: ‘With the support of the Dutch authorities and the public, we are confident that we can successfully hunt these people down.’