Holiday scammer among Britain’s most wanted

Britain’s most wanted criminals include a man who scammed 20,000 people by setting up travel agencies for holidays that never materialised.

Christakis Philippou would attract customers with low price holidays and then cease trading before they left for their trips abroad.

  1. David John Walley: Between November 2012 and January 2013 several deliveries were made to an address in Manchester. In January 2013 one of the parcels was intercepted by the authorities and found to contain MDMA and cocaine. It is alleged that Walley arranged the importation of the drugs. During a routine traffic stop check by Amsterdam Police in September 2014, Walley identified himself as another person and produced a passport that was later found to be false.

    David John Walley: Between November 2012 and January 2013 several deliveries were made to an address in Manchester. In January 2013 one of the parcels was intercepted by the authorities and found to contain MDMA and cocaine. It is alleged that Walley arranged the importation of the drugs. During a routine traffic stop check by Amsterdam Police in September 2014, Walley identified himself as another person and produced a passport that was later found to be false.

    Image: David John Walley: From Manchester, Walley is wanted on suspicion of importing drugs after a package was intercepted by police, who found it contained MDMA and cocaine

  2. David Ungi: In July 2015, Ungi and two associates were in a vehicle on Banks Road in Garston, Liverpool, which police believe rammed a motorcycle carrying two males. A single shot from a 12-gauge shotgun was fired inflicting a fatal injury to one of the men and injuring the other. The murder victim was Garston teenager Vinny Waddington. Ungi is also alleged to be involved in the unlawful distribution of controlled drugs in the Liverpool area.

    David Ungi: In July 2015, Ungi and two associates were in a vehicle on Banks Road in Garston, Liverpool, which police believe rammed a motorcycle carrying two males. A single shot from a 12-gauge shotgun was fired inflicting a fatal injury to one of the men and injuring the other. The murder victim was Garston teenager Vinny Waddington. Ungi is also alleged to be involved in the unlawful distribution of controlled drugs in the Liverpool area.

    Image: David Ungi: From Liverpool, Ungi is wanted after the murder of Vinny Waddington who was killed with a single shot from a 12-gauge shotgun

  3. Dominic McInally: Wanted by Merseyside Police on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cocaine. McInally is the alleged leader of a drug trafficking gang that expected to bank £1.25m every month.

    Dominic McInally: Wanted by Merseyside Police on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cocaine. McInally is the alleged leader of a drug trafficking gang that expected to bank £1.25m every month.

    Image: Dominic McInally: Wanted by Merseyside Police on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cocaine. McInally is the alleged leader of a drug trafficking gang that expected to bank £1.25m every month

  4. Mark Acklom: Wanted by Avon & Somerset Police on suspicion of fraud by false representation. Acklom allegedly make a number of false representations after starting a romantic relationship with a woman from Bath in January 2012.

    Mark Acklom: Wanted by Avon & Somerset Police on suspicion of fraud by false representation. Acklom allegedly make a number of false representations after starting a romantic relationship with a woman from Bath in January 2012.

    Image: Mark Acklom: Wanted by Avon & Somerset Police on suspicion of fraud by false representation. He allegedly took £850,000 from a woman he was romantically involved with and then disappeared

  5. Jamie Acourt: Wanted by the Metropolitan Police on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cannabis resin between 1 January 2014 and 1 February 2016. Acourt is believed to be a principal member of an organised crime group involved in the large-scale supply of cannabis. He is described as 173cm tall, athletic build, pale complexion, dark brown hair, brown eyes, and sometimes wears glasses.

    Jamie Acourt: Wanted by the Metropolitan Police on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cannabis resin between 1 January 2014 and 1 February 2016. Acourt is believed to be a principal member of an organised crime group involved in the large-scale supply of cannabis. He is described as 173cm tall, athletic build, pale complexion, dark brown hair, brown eyes, and sometimes wears glasses.

    Image: Jamie Acourt: From London, he is wanted on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cannabis resin between 1 January 2014 and 1 February 2016. Acourt is believed to be a principal member of an organised crime group supplying cannabis

  6. Jonathon Kelly: Wanted by Police Scotland on recall to prison to serve remaining sentence of 9 years 10 months for a number of serious assaults. Kelly, who is extremely violent and poses a high risk to both police and members of the public, was convicted at various courts of a number of offences between 2002 and 2010.

    Jonathon Kelly: Wanted by Police Scotland on recall to prison to serve remaining sentence of 9 years 10 months for a number of serious assaults. Kelly, who is extremely violent and poses a high risk to both police and members of the public, was convicted at various courts of a number of offences between 2002 and 2010.

    Image: Jonathon Kelly: From Scotland, he is wanted by on recall to prison to serve remaining sentence of 9 years 10 months for a number of serious assaults including one where he paralysed a victim with a machete

  7. Mark Quinn: Wanted by Police Scotland on suspicion of supplying amphetamine. Between August 2013 and April 2014 Quinn was allegedly involved in an organised crime group concerned in the production, transportation and distribution of amphetamine with a street value of over £11m.

    Mark Quinn: Wanted by Police Scotland on suspicion of supplying amphetamine. Between August 2013 and April 2014 Quinn was allegedly involved in an organised crime group concerned in the production, transportation and distribution of amphetamine with a street value of over £11m.

    Image: Mark Quinn: From Scotland, he is wanted on suspicion of supplying amphetamine. He was allegedly involved in an organised crime group

  8. Mehmet Salih: Between December 2010 and November 2011 Salih is accused of being involved in a conspiracy to supply cocaine. It is believed he was contacted on a regular basis by an associate for the purposes of buying cocaine, delivering it and collecting payments.

    Mehmet Salih: Between December 2010 and November 2011 Salih is accused of being involved in a conspiracy to supply cocaine. It is believed he was contacted on a regular basis by an associate for the purposes of buying cocaine, delivering it and collecting payments.

    Image: Mehmet Salih: Wanted in Lincolnshire,accused of being involved in a conspiracy to supply cocaine. He was released on bail in 2011 and failed to return to the police station

  9. Sarah Panitzke: Wanted by HMRC for conspiracy to acquire criminal property. Panitzke was a senior member of a crime group involved in a VAT fraud. She controlled the company accounts of many companies remotely via different IP addresses.

    Sarah Panitzke: Wanted by HMRC for conspiracy to acquire criminal property. Panitzke was a senior member of a crime group involved in a VAT fraud. She controlled the company accounts of many companies remotely via different IP addresses.

    Image: Sarah Panitzke: From York, she is wanted by HMRC for conspiracy to acquire criminal property. Panitzke was a senior member of a crime group involved in a VAT fraud. She was convicted in absence and sentenced to more than eight years in jail

  10. Simon McGuffie: Wanted by the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (Titan) on suspicion of being a member of a Merseyside-based organised crime group involved in the large-scale supply of cocaine, heroin and cannabis across the North West. He has a scarred right arm and distinctive 2” scar to the right cheek.

    Simon McGuffie: Wanted by the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (Titan) on suspicion of being a member of a Merseyside-based organised crime group involved in the large-scale supply of cocaine, heroin and cannabis across the North West. He has a scarred right arm and distinctive 2” scar to the right cheek.

    Image: Simon McGuffie: From Merseyside, he is wanted by the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (Titan) on suspicion of being a member of an organised crime group involved in the large-scale supply of cocaine, heroin and cannabis across the North West

  11. Ghafoor took a courtesy car from a dealership in Manchester in August 2013 using a driving license in another person’s name. Police spotted the car and the pursuit ended in the Halifax area when he crashed. His wife and two children, who were also in the car, suffered minor injuries. Cash to the value of £80-100,000 was recovered. There were traces of heroin, cocaine and cannabis on the notes.

    Ghafoor took a courtesy car from a dealership in Manchester in August 2013 using a driving license in another person’s name. Police spotted the car and the pursuit ended in the Halifax area when he crashed. His wife and two children, who were also in the car, suffered minor injuries. Cash to the value of £80-100,000 was recovered. There were traces of heroin, cocaine and cannabis on the notes.

    Image: Shazad Ghafoor: From Manchester, Ghafoor crashed a courtesy car he took in another person’s name. Police found cash with traces of drugs on it. He failed to answer bail at court after he was charged with several offences

  12. Shane O'Brien: In October 2015 O’Brien was in the RE Bar in Field End Road, Eastcote, Hillingdon, with several friends. It is alleged that O’Brien approached 21-year-old Josh Hanson from Kingsbury, who was with his girlfriend at the bar, removed an item from his coat pocket and plunged it into his neck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Shane O'Brien: In October 2015 O’Brien was in the RE Bar in Field End Road, Eastcote, Hillingdon, with several friends. It is alleged that O’Brien approached 21-year-old Josh Hanson from Kingsbury, who was with his girlfriend at the bar, removed an item from his coat pocket and plunged it into his neck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Image: Shane O’Brien: From London, he’s wanted after the murder of Josh Hanson from Kingsbury. He allegedly plunged something into his neck at a bar. There’s a £50,000 reward for information leading to his arrest

  13. On the 10 December 2006 at Argyle Street, Glasgow, Zengana posed as a private hire taxi driver to pick up his 25 year old female victim before driving her to a private dwelling where he raped his victim. He was convicted of the rape but is still to be sentenced for this offence.

    On the 10 December 2006 at Argyle Street, Glasgow, Zengana posed as a private hire taxi driver to pick up his 25 year old female victim before driving her to a private dwelling where he raped his victim. He was convicted of the rape but is still to be sentenced for this offence.

    Image: Rezgar Zengana: From Glasgow, wanted after he was convicted of raping a 25-year-old. He was never sentenced for the offence

  14. Demir is wanted in connection with conspiracy to supply 17.83 kg of diamorphine. Three others have already been convicted in connection with this offence.

    Demir is wanted in connection with conspiracy to supply 17.83 kg of diamorphine. Three others have already been convicted in connection with this offence.

    Image: Ozgur Demir: From Turkey, Demir is wanted in connection with conspiracy to supply 17.83 kg of diamorphine. Three others have already been convicted in connection with this offence

  15. Aydeniz is wanted in connection with conspiracy to supply 17.83 kg of diamorphine. Three others have already been convicted in connection with this offence. He is also wanted for conspiracy to commit theft and transferring criminal property.

    Aydeniz is wanted in connection with conspiracy to supply 17.83 kg of diamorphine. Three others have already been convicted in connection with this offence. He is also wanted for conspiracy to commit theft and transferring criminal property.

    Image: Osman Aydeniz: From Cyprus, he is wanted in connection with conspiracy to supply 17.83 kg of diamorphine and for conspiracy to commit theft and transferring criminal property

  16. Liscott, who is originally from Great Barr, Birmingham, was sentenced to nine years imprisonment in January 2005 for supplying cannabis in the West Midlands area.

    Liscott, who is originally from Great Barr, Birmingham, was sentenced to nine years imprisonment in January 2005 for supplying cannabis in the West Midlands area.

    Image: Mark Liscott: From Birmingham, he was sentenced to nine years imprisonment in January 2005 for supplying cannabis in the West Midlands area. He breached his licence and is thought to be in organised crime groups in Nottingham and London

  17. Timur Mehmet: Mehmet is wanted for his role in a conspiracy to cheat the public revenue by operating a Missing Trader Intra-community (MTIC) fraud. This caused a loss to the UK of £25 million (€31.5million). Mehmet appeared in court in June 2007 and was told that failure to return for his trial in October 2007 could result in him being tried and sentenced in his absence. He failed to attend and was subsequently found guilty. He was sentenced to eight years.

    Timur Mehmet: Mehmet is wanted for his role in a conspiracy to cheat the public revenue by operating a Missing Trader Intra-community (MTIC) fraud. This caused a loss to the UK of £25 million (€31.5million). Mehmet appeared in court in June 2007 and was told that failure to return for his trial in October 2007 could result in him being tried and sentenced in his absence. He failed to attend and was subsequently found guilty. He was sentenced to eight years.

    Image: Timur Mehmet: He is wanted for his role in a conspiracy to cheat the public revenue by operating a Missing Trader Intra-community (MTIC) fraud. This caused a loss to the UK of £25m. He was sentenced to eight years in jail

  18. Ersin Mustafa: Between 2006 to 2008, Mustafa is believed to have been involved in insider dealing with seven other individuals.

    Ersin Mustafa: Between 2006 to 2008, Mustafa is believed to have been involved in insider dealing with seven other individuals.

    Image: Ersin Mustafa: From London, he is wanted for making £2.5m in criminal profits by giving away information about future dealings while he worked for JP Morgan. He was arrested and bailed and police think he fled the UK

  19. On 25/8/12 Sampson was convicted of raping a girl he met at a nightclub in London in February 2010. The girl was taken unwell after accepting a drink from a stranger, and Sampson and a friend offered to take her home.

    On 25/8/12 Sampson was convicted of raping a girl he met at a nightclub in London in February 2010. The girl was taken unwell after accepting a drink from a stranger, and Sampson and a friend offered to take her home.

    Image: Costas Sampson: From London, he is wanted for rape. He took a woman home from a club after she felt unwell, claiming to be a medical expert. He raped her in her flat, and stole her phone, a laptop and a games console

  20. Between 2004 and 2006, Philippou was involved in conspiracies where he and his co-defendants repeatedly set out to acquire, or sometimes to set up from scratch, travel agency businesses which were used as vehicles for fraud.

    Between 2004 and 2006, Philippou was involved in conspiracies where he and his co-defendants repeatedly set out to acquire, or sometimes to set up from scratch, travel agency businesses which were used as vehicles for fraud.

    Image: Christakis Philippou: From London, he was involved in conspiracies involving travel agencies. He would attract customers with low prices but cease to trade before the holiday materialised. He defrauded around 20,000 people over two years

  21. John Barton: From London, he was sentenced to 20 years in jail after he was convicted in absence for conspiracy to import heroin into the UK. He is believed to have links to Spain.

    John Barton: From London, he was sentenced to 20 years in jail after he was convicted in absence for conspiracy to import heroin into the UK. He is believed to have links to Spain.

    Image: John Barton: From London, he was sentenced to 20 years in jail after he was convicted in absence for conspiracy to import heroin into the UK. He is believed to have links to Spain

  22. Shashi Dhar Sahnan: From Leicester, he is accused of importation of controlled Class A drugs into the UK. HMRC seized huge quantities of drugs concealed in air conditioning units.

    Shashi Dhar Sahnan: From Leicester, he is accused of importation of controlled Class A drugs into the UK. HMRC seized huge quantities of drugs concealed in air conditioning units.

    Image: Shashi Dhar Sahnan: From Leicester, he is accused of importation of controlled Class A drugs into the UK. HMRC seized huge quantities of drugs concealed in air conditioning units

  23. Michael Paul Moogan: From Liverpool, he is wanted in connection to the raid of a Rotterdam cafe thought to have been used as a front for drug traffickers. It is alleged that during 2013 Moogan was involved in a conspiracy to import cocaine into the UK.

    Michael Paul Moogan: From Liverpool, he is wanted in connection to the raid of a Rotterdam cafe thought to have been used as a front for drug traffickers. It is alleged that during 2013 Moogan was involved in a conspiracy to import cocaine into the UK.

    Image: Michael Paul Moogan: From Liverpool, he is wanted in connection to the raid of a Rotterdam cafe thought to have been used as a front for drug traffickers. It is alleged during 2013 Moogan was involved in a conspiracy to import cocaine into UK

  24. Fatah Benlaredj is wanted for the rape of a 7 year old girl.

    Fatah Benlaredj is wanted for the rape of a 7 year old girl.

    Image: Fatah Benlaredj is wanted for the rape of a seven-year-old girl

  25. Kevin Thomas Parle: From Liverpool, he is wanted in connection with the murders of 16-year-old Liam Kelly in 2004 and Lucy Hargreaves in 2005

    Kevin Thomas Parle: From Liverpool, he is wanted in connection with the murders of 16-year-old Liam Kelly in 2004 and Lucy Hargreaves in 2005

    Image: Kevin Thomas Parle: From Liverpool, he is wanted in connection with the murders of 16-year-old Liam Kelly in 2004 and Lucy Hargreaves in 2005

  26. Derek McGraw Ferguson: From Glasgow, he is sought in connection with the murder of Thomas Cameron on 28 June 2007 at the Auchinairn Tavern, Bishopbriggs.

    Derek McGraw Ferguson: From Glasgow, he is sought in connection with the murder of Thomas Cameron on 28 June 2007 at the Auchinairn Tavern, Bishopbriggs.

    Image: Derek McGraw Ferguson: From Glasgow, he is sought in connection with the murder of Thomas Cameron on 28 June 2007 at the Auchinairn Tavern, Bishopbriggs

  27. Christopher Guest More: From Cheshire, he is wanted in connection with a murder after five men were assaulted so badly that one died. He's also wanted for attempted murder, false imprisonment, and assault. Others have been convicted in connection.

    Christopher Guest More: From Cheshire, he is wanted in connection with a murder after five men were assaulted so badly that one died. He's also wanted for attempted murder, false imprisonment, and assault. Others have been convicted in connection.

    Image: Christopher Guest More: From Cheshire, he is wanted in connection with a murder after five men were assaulted so badly that one died. He’s also wanted for attempted murder, false imprisonment, and assault. Others have been convicted in connection

  28. Allan Foster: From South Shields, he is alleged to have murdered David Rice in May 2006. He's also wanted for conspiring to supply drugs and for the theft of a diamond ring.

    Allan Foster: From South Shields, he is alleged to have murdered David Rice in May 2006. He's also wanted for conspiring to supply drugs and for the theft of a diamond ring.

    Image: Allan Foster: From South Shields, he is alleged to have murdered David Rice in May 2006. He’s also wanted for conspiring to supply drugs and for the theft of a diamond ring

  29. Daniel Bowes: From London, he is believed to be involved in the importation of cocaine from Netherlands into the UK. He was allegedly involved in the daily running of the operation between the head of the group, contacts and drivers.

    Daniel Bowes: From London, he is believed to be involved in the importation of cocaine from Netherlands into the UK. He was allegedly involved in the daily running of the operation between the head of the group, contacts and drivers.

    Image: Daniel Bowes: From London, he is believed to be involved in the importation of cocaine from Netherlands into the UK. He was allegedly involved in the daily running of the operation between the head of the group, contacts and drivers

  30. Daniel Dugic: From London, he is suspected of being involved in a conspiracy to import 225kg of cocaine. The plan was for a small vessel to take transfer of the drugs from a container ship in the English channel in 2011.

    Daniel Dugic: From London, he is suspected of being involved in a conspiracy to import 225kg of cocaine. The plan was for a small vessel to take transfer of the drugs from a container ship in the English channel in 2011.

    Image: Daniel Dugic: From London, he is suspected of being involved in a conspiracy to import 225kg of cocaine. The plan was for a small vessel to take transfer of the drugs from a container ship in the English channel in 2011

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He is one of dozens being hunted by the National Crime Agency, alongside police forces around the country.

Their list also includes a man called Fatah Benlaredj who is wanted for the rape of a seven-year-old girl.

Another man is accused of two murders. Kevin Thomas Parle, from Liverpool, is wanted in connection with the murders of 16-year-old Liam Kelly in 2004 and Lucy Hargreaves in 2005.

Also being hunted is Mark Acklom, who is accused of defrauding a woman out of £850,000 when in a romantic relationship with her.

:: Sightings reported of fugitive British conman Mark Acklom

He claimed he was having cash flow problems when he was renovating a house for them to live in together, but disappeared after he had taken the money. She then discovered he had never owned the property.

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Detectives had reports of two potential sightings of him in Spain earlier this year.

Members of the public are warned not to approach anyone they recognise from this list, but to contact police or crimestoppers with information.