Jay Slater detective says 'links to criminal activity' are 'fact'

A former Met Police detective helping in the hunt for missing teen Jay Slater has blasted conspiracy theorists - and said links to "criminal activity" are "fact". Mark Williams-Thomas has insisted his theories about Jay being caught up in "criminal activity" are based on "fact".

"Perhaps we should tell every police office to stop what they are doing and let every crime be solved by the internet detectives," Mark - who helped search for Nicola Bulley last year - said. "It’s called speaking to witnesses and obtaining evidence," he added.

He went on: "My post have confirmed facts - you are right some of the internet posts will be correct, but others are wild speculation." Mark said: "As part of this investigation we have sought to speak with all of the people Jay had contact with whilst in Tenerife.

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"The result of this digging has opened up an established criminal network with links to drugs, violent crime and theft. At this stage I cannot expand any further on what we now know. I'm unable to say if this network has anything to do with Jay's disappearance but remain open-minded as we continue to investigate."

Mark has slammed false online speculation before, speaking out against a sick video circulating online, purporting to show Jay being beaten to death. Mark rubbished the clip on X, writing: "The video was first posted on a social media site 9 years ago & therefore cannot be Jay Slater."

He said "lots of people" had been contacting him about the "distressing" clip. He said: "So much fake content has been created in the Jay Slater case - mocked up chat, messages, pics. It’s a very different world we live in today with social media and online detectives.

"Overwhelming response from people has been very positive people just wanting to help, even though most have no direct info, just what they have read, seen or think. Also a number of people making vile threats and ransom demands, all checked out and have no credibility."