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Suspected Polish drug dealer thought to be hiding out in Cheltenham

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 04, 2013

Anna Jankawska, age 26 (15.10.86), who is wanted by Poland Drug trafficking. Nationality: Polish. She has links to Mitcham and Wimbledon (London) and Cheltenham (Gloucestershire). Jankawska is wanted for drug supply between 2008 and 2009.

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A SUSPECTED drug dealing mastermind from Poland, who is on the UK's most-wanted list, is believed to be hiding out in Cheltenham.

Anna Jankawska is wanted by police chiefs in connection with high-level drug-trafficking in her native country.

The 26-year-old is on a list of the 18 most wanted foreign national suspected criminals in the UK released by the Metropolitan Police today under Operation Sunfire.

It comprises high-risk offenders suspected of crimes including murder, rape and firearms offences.

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Community leaders were shocked that Jankawska could be in Cheltenham.

Urszula Przybysz- Pereira, who runs a Polish community group in the town, urged people to come forward if they knew anything about her.

She said: "I am shocked to hear that this person may be living in Cheltenham.

"There is a very big Polish community here, which has grown a lot in the last few years. We are a very close-knit community, but I don't think anyone would deliberately harbour a suspected criminal."

Jankawska, who is of medium build with dark brown hair, is also thought to have links to Mitcham and Wimbledon, in London.

Chiefs at the Metropolitan Police were unable to elaborate on details of her alleged crimes, which took place between 2008 and 2009, but confirmed she was linked to drug-trafficking offences.


Only the most high-risk foreign national suspected offenders are included on the most-wanted list – made up of people from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Romania, Albania and Turkey.

Darren Stevens, vice chairman of Gloucestershire Crimestoppers board, said: "It is worrying to think this person may be hiding in Cheltenham, which is why we are fully supporting the Metropolitan Police in their campaign.

"All the people on that list are wanted in connection with serious crimes and if we can get people coming forward with information that is what we want."

Residents have been warned not to approach Jankawska. Instead, they should contact police immediately.

If you have information, call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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  • MrGarnet  |  February 04 2013, 11:36PM

    PhillipGillip I think a lot of people who have commented have, as I lots of experiences of the Polish Community in this country which on the whole are amenable. As my experiences with Poles are and continue with life long friendships. Where you and your ilk fall down is trying to portray ordinary peoples views as some sort of race matter and yet we are on the whole very welcoming. Then you try and "shame" posters using another newspaper which you and I have no idea as to if they read it or not? Making assumptions and then talking down. You need to think it out as there have been some very intelligent posts on the matter with far more insight than your childish mutterings?

  • PhillipGillip  |  February 04 2013, 11:16PM

    MrGarnet Pointing out that people's comments are similar to those found on the Daily Mail website isn't talking down to them. It's just an observation. Just because you hold the Daily Mail in low regard doesn't mean everyone does.

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  • MrGarnet  |  February 04 2013, 9:22PM

    PhillipGillip I think people should be able to express their opinions on the matter without being talked down to.

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  • PhillipGillip  |  February 04 2013, 6:57PM

    Anyone reading these comments would be forgiven for mistaken they'd stumbled onto the Daily Mail's website! Were it not for the absence of photos of 'leggy' preteens down the side it would be hard to tell the difference.

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  • Matt1006  |  February 04 2013, 5:17PM

    TheNub - because thanks to the EU meddlers / do-gooders, we no longer have much in the way of border controls. Come & go as you please, although UK citizens seem to have to justify their cross-border movements rather more than mainland Europe citizens do... If caught, she will presumably (hopefully?) be deported back to Poland to stand trial there, so in theory we won't end up paying to house her in one of our HM hotels if found guilty. She'll end up in a proper prison, Poland-style. Perhaps a delegation from our Ministry of Justice could go with her on a fact-finding mission, to see what a 21st-century prison should be like?

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  • TheNub  |  February 04 2013, 4:51PM

    2 questions how did she get out of poland and how did she get into the uk without getting caught .

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  • furbie  |  February 04 2013, 1:33PM

    Lets all vote UKIP ... there isnt much 'Great' in Great Britain anymore !

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  • CaptCX  |  February 04 2013, 11:52AM

    In respect of many of the comments made so far in favour of the Poles, I would have to say that you are absolutely correct - during the 2nd World War, the Poles were a solid and important ally without whom we would have been infinitely poorer. But let's be fair here - it was a mutually beneficial arrangement wasn't it? Didn't we enter the war when Hitler invaded Poland and refused to withdraw? Onto the present day: Are all of the Poles coming to the UK the same as this woman? No, of course they are not. The vast majority are hard working people who just want the best for their families and who can blame them? Certainly not me. However, I'm afraid that I don't see where the big benefit is for the UK. For a start, our Health Service can't cope with the extra pressure and how can anyone expect it to? If you have something that is paid for by a finite amount of people, you cannot expect it to be able to cope when you add extra numbers into the equation in respect of those being allowed to be treated. Similarly with housing. In TIG week upon week, we have politicians telling us that we need to built upon our greenbelt because of the dire need of extra housing. How much of this need is because we keep trying to cram in more people into this already over-populated country? And with these extra houses, comes the need for extra services, which never actually materialise because we can't afford them. It's nothing to do with the nationality of the people involved, it's simply a case of loading extra numbers of people into a space which cannot cope. Furthermore, this whole integration thing - isn't it a fallacy? All over the world, ex-pats of various countries don't integrate at all, they just form their own little communities in a home from home. This whole melting pot of society with everyone mixing in together seems to me to be a complete fallacy (with a great example of that being the Brits in Spain, refusing to learn Spanish and drinking in UK style pubs!!!). Coming back to the subject at hand though, what this demonstrates is that we have no idea who is coming into our country and we have no means of stopping anyone with a mind to coming here, even when they are a known criminal.

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  • QuedgeleyGuy  |  February 04 2013, 10:50AM

    I'm with Geraint on this. The Poles were just about our best allies in WW2 despite what we did to them in 1939. They slotted right into our armed forces as they were and still are as fiercely proud of their country as we were or ever will be. To insult them by saying they're all the same disgraces the accusers. Here's a link to just a litle of what the Polish people did,when push came to shove,when I was a kid. http://tinyurl.com/bqd5ntx

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  • Matt1006  |  February 04 2013, 10:29AM

    Well if she was hiding in this neck of the woods, I bet she won't be by this evening. And wherever she is, I'll bet she's using a different name, and doesn't look much like she did in that photo... But the fact that she's Polish makes no real odds - she's apparently linked to drug-trafficking offences, so needs to be taken out of action ASAP, irrespective of her nationality.

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