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Wanted: National Crime Agency in plea to track down man with links to Wick and Thurso

By John Davidson

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David McAlpine with long ginger hair and shaved.
David McAlpine with long ginger hair and shaved.

An appeal has been launched by the National Crime Agency to help trace a man with links to Wick and Thurso – but the public have been told not to approach him.

David McAlpine (31) is wanted as part of a drugs investigation. He is from Liverpool and has links to the city as well as nearby St Helens.

The NCA says he also has links to North Wales as well as Wick and Thurso.

Officers want to speak to him in connection with an investigation into the distribution of class A and B drugs throughout the UK.

McAlpine is 6ft tall, has a broad build, hazel eyes and a scar on his forehead.

He has previously had shoulder length ginger hair but has also worn it shaved.

His last known address was a barge moored on a canal in Maghull, Sefton, Merseyside.

The investigation is part of Operation Venetic – the NCA-led response to the takedown of encrypted communications platform EncroChat.

NCA branch commander Mick Pope said: “McAlpine will know he is wanted by the NCA and must be under significant stress. If he is reading this, I urge him to make contact with us.”

Members of the public are advised not to approach McAlpine.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the National Crime Agency immediately on 0370 496 7622 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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