Police step up hunt for Leeds shooting suspect

An international police hunt is under way to find a Leeds man wanted in connection with a gangland-style shooting.

Raymond Daniels, 39, from Drighlington, is wanted for questioning about the shooting of Mohammed Nissar Khan in May last year.

The pair, along with three other men, had been accused of being behind a 750,000 heroin dealing racket.

They were due to be tried at Bradford Crown Court in March but the case was dismissed on the grounds of lack of evidence. Daniels, who had been in custody, was released.

Two days later police finally got the go-ahead to charge him with conspiracy to murder but he had already disappeared.

Detectives fear he may have fled abroad, although he also has connections in the UK and has links to the travelling community. Det Chief Insp John Hoyle, of West Yorkshire Police's organised crime group, told the YEP: "This is a serious offence and Raymond Daniels needs to be found and brought to fair trial.

"We do not consider him a risk to the public in general, but we certainly would not advise anyone to approach him.

"Anyone who sees him or knows where he might be hiding should contact us."

The delay in charging Daniels was due to bureaucracy in the legal system.

Daniels had moved to Marbella in Spain – on the so-called Costa Del Crime – in 2007 and had to be extradited in December 2008 to face the drugs charges.

Under extradition laws, West Yorkshire detectives then had to wait for consent from Spanish police to be able to charge Daniels with conspiracy to murder.

By the time that approval was given, he was gone.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police on 0845 606 0606 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

* Two other men are already charged with conspiracy to murder Mohammed Nissar Khan.

Christopher Fletcher, 46, and his nephew, James Fletcher, 25, both of Bradford, were arrested and charged in January. They are due to face trial in July.