Eastbourne drug fugitive’s funeral is held

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The funeral of a drugs fugitive who died in Dubai while on the run from police has taken place.

Thomas Wynn, known as Tommy, died on July 16 after suffering a massive heart attack.

He had been wanted by Sussex Police in connection with a multi million pound conspiracy to supply Class A drugs from Liverpool to Eastbourne and Brighton.

The father of five previously lived in Eastbourne and had family living in the town.

His funeral was held in his hometown of Liverpool on Monday August 10. A Requiem Mass took place followed by interment at Allerton Cemetery.

Mr Wynn, 49, had been arrested in March by Sussex Police in connection with a £12 million conspiracy to bring drugs from Merseyside to the south coast.

He was released on police bail while enquiries continued but a manhunt was launched when he failed to answer bail.

Mr Wynn is thought to have gone to a drug rehabilitation centre in Thailand before moving on to Dubai where he had worked some years ago.

He was found dead in a hotel room on July 16 but police and the Foreign Office were unable to confirm his death.

His death was only confirmed by a coroner in Manchester when his body was flown back to the UK in early August.

The drugs conspiracy operation – code named Operation Wildwood – has already seen 11 people charged including two men from Eastbourne, Arthur Jones, 53, of Downs Avenue, and Paul Shannon 58, of Compass Court.

Mr Wynn lived in Eastbourne for some time and in 1998 he was jailed over a hate campaign against his common-law-wife’s family.