A SUSPECTED member of a gang who tortured a Southampton grandfather as part of a plot to steal drugs money has been found after being on the run for more than a year.

Police launched a nationwide manhunt for Wayne Jackson after he was identified as a possible suspect in the attack on Robert Warren who was scalded with boiling water by an armed gang who beat him with a hammer and slashed his face with a machete.

As reported by the Daily Echo last month, three members of the gang were jailed for a total of 32 years for their part in the attack but Southampton Crown Court heard how a fourth member of the gang was still at large.

Hampshire police confirmed that Jackson has been arrested in his hometown of Liverpool after police received a tip-off following ongoing media appeals for information.

Jackson, 29, had escaped while serving a six-and-a-half year jail term for drugs smuggling.

It was five days after he escaped that the attack on Mr Warren in his St Denys home was committed in March last year.

Following his arrest on Monday Jackson was recalled to prison to serve out the remainder of his previous sentence.

Jackson was also wanted for questioning in connection with a number of other matters in Liverpool including burglary.

Hampshire detectives are expected to travel to Liverpool next week to interview Jackson over his alleged involvement in the Southampton attack.

Gary West, 30, and Anthony Derby, 28, were both given indeterminate sentences with the recommendation they serve 16 years and 12 years respectively after being convicted of conspiracy to rob, aggravated burglary and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Anthony Collins, 30, of no fixed abode, was given a four-year prison term for perverting the course of justice.

Southampton Crown Court was told that after the attack the trio threatened Mr Warren with kidnapping members of his family if he did not drop the case against them.