A man involved in a speedboat crash on the Thames that killed a young woman from Essex has handed himself in to police in Georgia.

Charlotte Brown, 24, from Clacton died in December 2015 when 31-year-oldJack Shepherd's boat flipped into the freezing waters of the River Thames in London.

They'd been on a date together that night and he was trying to show off.

Shepherd was due to face a trial at the Old Bailey in July but failed to turn up and has been on the run ever since - much to the to the fury of Charlotte's family.

He was sentenced to six years in jail in his absence.

Shepherd had been on the run since July. Credit: Metropolitan Police

However, in a dramatic development, he surrendered himself to police in Georgia on Wednesday.

A spokesman for the Georgian embassy said: "He has just surrendered himself to the Georgian Police and now the police undertakes relevant detaining formalities."

The Metropolitan Police confirmed that they'd been updated by the National Crime Agency and are awaiting conformation of his identify.

Extradition proceedings "will begin immediately" against Shepherd once his identity is verified, they added.