A father and son from Wembley have been found guilty and sentenced in their absence after failing to return to a money laundering trial.

Metropolitan Police has now launched an appeal to locate Bhadresh Shah, 49, and Abhishek Shah, 25, after the duo failed to return to court after being bailed on Friday, April 21.

In their absence, Bhadrash was sentenced to 12 years in prison for one count of conspiracy to transfer criminal property and possession of Class B drugs with intent to supply.

Abhishek was sentenced to nine years in prison for one count of conspiracy to transfer criminal property.

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A spokesman from the Metropolitan Police said: "Bhadresh Shah is described as Asian, about 5ft 10ins, of heavy build, with dark hair, brown eyes, glasses and a thin moustache.

"Abhishek Shah is described as Asian, about 6ft, of large build, with dark hair, brown eyes and glasses.

"They have links to Wembley and India."

The pair, both of Swinderby Road, attended the first week of the trial but absconded while on bail on Friday, 21 April, the police said.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the pair is asked to contact police by either calling 101 or sending a tweet to @MetCC.

Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers via 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

They were on trial alongside three co-defendants.

Bhadresh's wife, Falguni Shah, 46, of Swinderby Road, Wembley, was sentenced to four years' imprisonment for conspiracy to transfer criminal property.

Dipakumar Doshi, 57, of Elm Road, Wembley, and Dinesh Thakoraka-Parmar, 35, of Swinderby Road, Wembley, were sentenced to five years' imprisonment each for one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to transfer criminal property.

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