Former Kettering Town owner Imraan Ladak has finally been arrested after more than two months on the run, reports have confirmed.
It’s understood the ex-football club chief failed to turn himself in, but now he’s been caught yet again after being previously jailed.
The controversial 42-year-old, who ran the non league club between 2005 and 2013, was put in prison for a total of six months at the High Court in Birmingham for contempt of court and was ordered to surrender to police by the 7th of October.
Former Poppies owner Ladak finally arrested after two months on the run https://t.co/f1MYCeCCiG
— Northants Telegraph (@NTelegraph) December 22, 2020
Instead he went on the run and a warrant was issued for his arrest – but on Sunday the 20th of December, he was eventually found just a few hundred yards from a police station.
The Northants Telegraph understands officers were called to a Travelodge, which was close to Milton Keynes Police Station, after he was spotted at about 6pm.
It’s understood he got in a car and drove away before being pulled over and then arrested.
A Thames Valley Police spokesman confirmed they had arrested a 42-year-old man from Milton Keynes on a warrant in connection with a contempt of court.
Police had earlier been provided with his passport details and a warrant forbidding him from leaving the country with all airports, ports and the Eurotunnel on high alert for his capture.
In a judgment earlier this year, a judge said Ladak was to serve six months behind bars at HMP Birmingham after breaching an order by making derogatory comments about former colleagues.
Ladak, who near saw Kettering Town go out of business after their ill-fated move to Nene Park, left medical recruitment firm Pertemps Medical Group (PMG) in 2018 with a settlement of more than £125,000, and a payment of almost £400,000 for his shares.
As part of his settlement, he made sure that he wouldn’t not to say anything that would bring the firm into disrepute or make derogatory comments about it and its employees.
Imraan Ladak briefly reappeared this year, at the height of the #BLM protests, complaining about racism in football. A case of anti-racism being the first refuge of a scoundrel?https://t.co/itW6LX25jz
— Dr Paul Stott (@MrPaulStott) October 7, 2020
Though in 2019, he claimed he was owed £20,000 and made a series of accusations in an attempt to earn more compensation, a High Court hearing previously heard, breaching the contract and pursuing a “campaign of harassment”.
He forgot all about his promises not to talk bad about the firm and then accused one former colleague of fraud and another of racism, saying emails were “more racist than Tommy Robinson”.
Ladak, who at one time in his reign with the Poppies brought Paul Gascoigne in as the club’s manager for 39 days before sacking him, signed off one email with: “Regards, that little brown guy you declared war on.”
He claimed they had turned a blind eye to the defrauding of the NHS, that the Pertemps business was a “scam” and accused one director of being a “drunken pervert”.
Ater PMG’s lawyers sent a cease and desist letter Ladak sent an email to a director and addressed him as “Timmy Saville”.
In one email to solicitors and stakeholders, he wrote to one director: “Make sure your next job doesn’t need a CRB check.”
Ladak was declared bankrupt on the 25th of August and also ordered to pay PMG £70,000 in costs from the contempt applications.
Fans reacted after seeing that the former Kettering Town owner was finally arrested, see what they said below…
@GregLivsey: Merry Christmas!!!!
@companioncooke: What a bummer…..
Jason: Justice, finally, he’s locked up, where he belongs, hope you have a miserable life behind bars as you do time. Have a good think at why you’re there
@Ed_Palmer96: you can run but you can’t hide…
@Mikemc2204: Good lock the fraudster up!!!! #KTFC
@darrenyoung79: You can still make his teeth out through the mask
@companioncooke: It’s a shame he has any tbh.
A nice Early Christmas present for all us poppies fans 👍
— Colin Rae Martin (@Colin326) December 22, 2020
— Daniel Lee (@Dan_Lee85) December 22, 2020