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Man hunted over Cheshire farm murder put on Europe's most wanted list

Christopher Guest More Jr Photo: Cheshire Police

A fugitive alleged to have been involved in the brutal killing of a father at a Cheshire farm is now one of Europe's most wanted.

Detectives have been searching for Christopher Guest More Jr since he left the country shortly after the murder of Brian Waters, who was tortured and beaten to death in front of his two adult children at Burnt House Farm in Tabley, near Knutsford, in June 2003.

More, 41, who a court heard described himself an undercover journalist, has links to Spain, Malta and South America, but detectives believe he could be anywhere.

On Tuesday, Cheshire Police said he had been added to Europe's most wanted list.

More, who is white and 6ft tall, is wanted for questioning in connection with Mr Waters' death along with the attempted murder of a second man and the false imprisonment and assault of other victims at the scene.

"This is a significant step forward in our bid to locate him and I hope that this latest development will help to generate a renewed interest in this case and, most importantly, valuable information as to his whereabouts.

"Our determination to find Christopher Guest More Jr has not faltered and, over the years, we have remained committed to locating and arresting him for his alleged involvement in the death of Brian Waters.

"Despite the passage of time, we have never given up hope and a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes out of the public eye, in a bid to piece together as much information as possible as to his whereabouts.

"We are doing everything we can to track him down and are confident that with the assistance of our partners in law enforcement in the UK and abroad - coupled with the fact he has now been added to Europe's 'most wanted' list - that he will be traced."

– Detective Superintendent Sarah Pengelly
Credit: Cheshire Police

Former undercover BBC researcher James Raven, 60, Otis Matthews, 41, and John Wilson, 69, are serving life sentences after being convicted of Mr Waters' murder.

More is alleged to have been with the men when they stormed the derelict property, where Mr Waters was running a cannabis farm, in a row over a drugs debt.

Anyone with information on More's whereabouts should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101 quoting IML 387578, or give the details at cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries 300800 APR 19