Playboy drug dealer who sparked fears of Novichok attack is jailed after six ...

A playboy drug dealer who sparked fears of a fresh Novichok attack when he collapsed in a Salisbury restaurant has been jailed after six months on the run.

Alex King, 42, was sentenced to 11 years in his absence in January after he was found guilty of selling drugs including cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine.

He went on the run in December after a string of failed attempts to avoid justice, including his false claim to have been poisoned in a branch of Prezzo, where he was dining with his Russian-born wife, Anna Shapiro.

The scheme sparked a major incident last September, six months after Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia fell ill shortly after leaving Zizzi, another Italian dining chain in the city, after coming into contact with the deadly nerve agent.

The previous month, King and his wife had to be rescued while sailing off the Welsh coast by the RNLI after the boat they bought in Holyhead, north Wales, ran out of fuel.

Alex King, pictured with his partner Anna Shapiro, has finally been caught after six months on the run. The playboy drugs dealer sparked fears of a fresh Novichok attack when he collapsed in a Salisbury restaurant

Alex King, pictured with his partner Anna Shapiro, has finally been caught after six months on the run. The playboy drugs dealer sparked fears of a fresh Novichok attack when he collapsed in a Salisbury restaurant 

King, 42, wrongly claimed he and his Russian-born partner Ms Shapiro (pictured), had been poisoned with the deadly nerve agent while eating at Prezzo in Salisbury last September

There is no suggestion Ms Shapiro was involved in any illegal activity

King, 42, wrongly claimed he and his Russian-born partner Anna Shapiro (left and right), had been poisoned with the deadly nerve agent while eating at Prezzo in Salisbury last September. There is no suggestion Ms Shapiro was involved in any illegal activity

But his attempts to avoid justice finally came to an end on Wednesday when he was arrested at an address in Marylebone, west London.

King was last seen leaving a flat with his wife near Harley Street - around half a mile away - on December 17 last year.

He was taken to Southwark Crown Court, where he was jailed for another four months on top of his 11-year sentence after admitting breaching his bail.

Scotland Yard said a 30-year-old woman who was arrested for

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