Arrest warrant issued for Seaton burglar

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 September 2018

Exeter Crown Court.

Exeter Crown Court.

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Villain fails to turn up at court for sentencing

A Judge has issued an arrest warrant for a member of a notorious Liverpool crime family after he failed to turn up at court in connection with a Seaton burglary.

Paul Blundell, aged 30, was due to be sentenced at Exeter Crown Court after he admitted carrying out the raid on a house at Churston Rise, while visiting Devon earlier this year.

He is the cousin of Stephen Blundell, aged 39, who led a £2.3 million drug dealing operation in Devon and Cornwall before going on the run to Spain in 2013.

He is now serving a ten year and four month sentence for conspiracy to supply drugs and jumping bail after being extradited from Tenerife in 2015.

His cousin Paul played a minor part in the drugs supply operation, acting as minder for one of the regular batches of heroin which were distributed by couriers to all parts of the South West from a car park at Tiverton Parkway station.

He also allowed his bank account to be used to transfer £25,000 of the profits back to Liverpool.

Paul Blundell, of Baileys Lane, Liverpool, received a one year suspended sentence for his involvement in that plot after he admitted money laundering and drug dealing.

He had already been jailed for three and a half years at Exeter Crown Court for an earlier drugs operation which he helped to run on behalf of his cousin.

At the time he received the suspended sentence in 2013, he was said to have gone straight and set up a market stall business selling men’s clothing in Widnes and Liverpool’s Heritage Market.

Paul Blundell pleaded guilty to the new burglary allegations in August after being given an indication by Judge David Evans that any jail sentence would be no longer than a year.

The same warrant issued a warrant, not backed for bail, after Blundell failed to turn up for the sentencing hearing.

Blundell will be brought to Exeter in custody from Liverpool when he is located by police and will be sentenced after a probation report is prepared.

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