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FBI seeks UK help over 'mobster'
The FBI believe this man could be James Bulger
The FBI believe this man could be James Bulger

The hunt for one of the world's most wanted men has brought FBI agents to London, where they are seeking the advice of detectives at Scotland Yard.

James J Bulger is being hunted in connection with 18 counts of murder and various racketeering and drugs offences and has a $1m price on his head.

Mr Bulger vanished in 1994 and appears directly below Osama Bin Laden on the FBI's top 10 most-wanted website.

According to the FBI, he was captured on video this year in Sicily.

Violent temper

Mr Bulger is accused of leading an Irish-American crime syndicate in Boston, Massachusetts, in the 1970s and 80s that controlled drugs, protection and extortion.

Nick-named 'Whitey', he disappeared shortly before being arrested on racketeering charges.

He was later identified as a long-term FBI informant who had turned in rival gangsters.

The FBI believes video footage at a resort in Sicily shows him and his long-term dental hygienist girlfriend.

According to the US authorities, Mr Bulger has a violent temper and always carries a knife.

FBI agents have previously visited London following a reported sighting in Piccadilly five years ago.

A businessman said he saw Mr Bulger near the Meridian Hotel on 10 September 2002, and had also seen him in the hotel's gym in 1994.

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