THE son of a wealthy Cheshire businessman is being hunted in connection with a murder inquiry.
Christopher More (above), 25, of Lymm, Warrington, flew to Spain shortly after market trader Brian Waters was brutally murdered in Tabley, near Knutsford, and has not been seen since.
The killing happened at Burnt House Farm, close to junction 19 of the M6, in June. It is alleged Mr Waters was beaten to death in front of three family members.
Cannabis was found at the farm, which was rented by father-of-two Mr Waters, and police say the killing was connected to illegal drugs.
Detectives in Cheshire believe there may have been four more offenders and yesterday took the unusual step of naming a man they are seeking in connection with the investigation.
They also announced a £10,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of anyone involved.
Christopher More's details have been circulated to police forces throughout the UK and officers are searching for his red Mercedes SL Coupe which has a personalised plate, JIMS X. However, they fear this numberplate may have been switched.
Detective Chief Inspector Phil Jones, of Cheshire Police, said: "Within 48 hours of the murder More flew out to Spain and was staying in the Marbella area.
"I do not know if he is still there or has returned or moved on. If anyone does see him, he should not be approached.
"What I need to know is whether he is still in Spain, whether he has returned to this country and is keeping a low pro-file or whether he has gone elsewhere in the world."
The inquiry team also released a recording of a 999 call made by a man who claimed he was driving past the farm and saw the attack.
The man refused to give his name but told the police operator: "I've just come off the M6 from Manchester Airport ... and about 500 yards on the right and going towards Northwich is a farmyard and it looks like there's three gentlemen, well three men, attacking a man."
DCI Jones said the caller may have been a Good Samaritan or a member of the gang who did not like what had taken place.
Christopher More's parents, Christopher Snr, 60, and Eileen, 51, live in a plush £3.5m farmhouse in Lymm.
Mr More Snr runs Stockportbased Commercial Insurance and Legal Services Ltd - one of the most successful private investigations and fraud detection agencies in the country.
His wife, who has a PhD in Moral Philosophy, is the company secretary.
The couple have been charged with assisting an offender and attempting to pervert the course of justice and will appear before Macclesfield magistrates today.
Mr More Jnr is described as muscular and athletic in build. He has a scar on the bridge of his nose, is clean shaven and has a North West accent. He is between five feet ten and six feet tall.
Three men have already been charged with murder and will stand trial at Chester Crown Court next June.