Lacking rugby and X Issue star Levi Davis was round £100,000 in debt to the Somali mafia and was satisfied they’d tried to poison him earlier than he vanished in Spain, it was claimed on Wednesday.
Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia mentioned the 24-year-old, who disappeared in Barcelona almost three months in the past, had obtained himself into big debt after his get together life-style spiraled uncontrolled.
British investigator Gavin Burrows has been employed by Davis’ distraught household to look into the disappearance. An unknown member of Burrows’ staff was quoted by the paper as saying: ‘Davis got here to Barcelona fleeing from these criminals. He had adopted a frenzied life-style and was in a really delicate state of affairs.
‘The reality is he was certain they had been chasing him. In truth he was satisfied they’d tried to poison him on one event.’
A seashore picture of Levi Davis (left) was amongst footage captured by the star’s photographer buddy Adetokunbo Adetona, to go together with Levi’s second music single – Los Angeles – which was on account of be launched in November. Proper, the rugby participant in motion
Now his mom Julie Davis (pictured with a picture of herself and Levi) says a non-public detective engaged on the case has uncovered that the 5ft 9in rugby star could have been kidnapped by criminals from London in a dispute over cash, in what they imagine might be a serious breakthrough
The quantity he owed was put at round £102,000.
The Somali mafia debt claims surfaced in Spain because it emerged his household had been urgent Spanish police to analyze a attainable drowning in Barcelona’s port earlier than Levi’s passport was discovered close by.
Fears grew that he may have been lured right into a entice after arranging to fulfill somebody he had met on social media.
Good Morning Britain (GMB) mentioned this morning that Burrows had informed this system he feared Levi could have drowned in Barcelona’s port.
GMB reporter Nick Dixon talked about the port space incident, noting that it occurred shortly after Levi was final seen.
Dixon added: ‘A person was within the water in misery within the port space near a close-by cruise ship.
‘A search was carried out however no physique was discovered and everybody was accounted for, a minimum of on the cruise ship.
‘However it was a while later that the police realized Levi’s passport was present in that very same space.’
The incident was additionally flagged in in a single day experiences in Spain, which mentioned staff on the cruise ship had alerted the authorities that somebody was within the sea however the search was suspended quickly afterwards as a result of not one of the passengers or crew on board had been lacking.
Levi’s Ibiza-based buddy Richard Squire formally reported him lacking a number of days later after his household knowledgeable West Midlands Police he had vanished.
Barcelona police confirmed on November 22 final yr that his passport had been discovered within the metropolis port after Levi’s mom Julie revealed it had turned up.
MailOnline obtained CCTV footage displaying Levi Davis leaving the Previous Irish Pub on the bustling La Rambla road on October 29 at 10.05pm
Talking of his fears the lacking Brit may have been entrapped by somebody on social media, and showing to clarify a thriller Bizum fee Levi was mentioned to have made the day he vanished, the unnamed investigator informed La Vanguardia: ‘We all know a buddy despatched him £30 on Bizum so he may play for a spot to sleep in.
‘And we additionally know he supposed assembly an individual he had met on social media, an individual he had by no means truly seen, an individual who may give us very priceless details about what occurred.
‘Sadly we solely have a nickname to go on.
Lacking posters have been plastered throughout Barcelona in an effort to seek out Levi Davis
‘Maybe it was nothing greater than bait supplied by the mafia who had been searching for him. We won’t rule out any speculation.’
Levi was taking a break in Europe after being sidelined from rugby following a knee harm.
He was picked up on CCTV leaving the Previous Irish Pub close to Barcelona’s La Rambla round 10pm on October 29, a number of hours after taking a ship from Ibiza with simply £35 and no change of garments.
Squire described his resolution to go away the island as ‘sudden’.
Davis’ mum broke down in tears on Wednesday morning on GMB as she recalled the final hug she gave her son earlier than he left for Spain.
She mentioned: ‘There’s at all times that mom’s intuition. And simply earlier than he left there was a message that, I do not know, possibly powers up above, that mentioned to me, “Give him a hug since you simply do not know if it’ll be your final.”
After wiping away tears from her eyes, she revealed her frustration at discovering out CCTV footage that might have performed an important half within the investigation into Levi’s disappearance had been erased due to delays.
Levi was reported lacking to West Midlands Police shortly after he vanished however Spanish police didn’t begin investigating for a number of days, till simply earlier than he was formally reported lacking to them by buddy Mr Squire.
Davis traveled on a ferry from Ibiza to Barcelona from the place he went lacking
Explaining the impact of this and different delays, Levi’s emotional mum mentioned: ‘I’ve had loads of help from household and mates and naturally the personal investigators have been working very laborious and the Spanish police have accomplished their bit as effectively.
‘However the place I feel it has been troublesome isn’t having the knowledge come via. There’s the language barrier in fact and having to go by way of the British consulate earlier than after which the suggestions with information updates may be very sluggish, very sluggish.
‘I do know the British consulate are urgent however by way of the updates and the CCTV protection it is irritating.
‘We obtained data again saying sadly it is too late as a result of the Spanish police needed to go to court docket to get paperwork signed so they may entry the CCTV.
‘By the point they did get it all of the video had been deleted. It’s totally irritating.’
Final month Levi’s mum mentioned Burrows had uncovered data that the previous Bathtub rugby participant, who starred on Movie star X Think about 2019, could have been kidnapped in Barcelona by British gangsters.
She mentioned the investigator had acquired an unique tip her son had obtained right into a dispute with criminals two years in the past whereas he was taking part in rugby for Ealing Trailfinders in 2020.
Davis starred on Movie star X Think about 2019 alongside fellow rugby stars Ben Foden and Thom Evans in a singing group often called Attempt Star. He was additionally on E4’s Celebs Go Relationship in 2020
She informed Mail On-line: ‘We desperately must know extra as a result of this might change the entire nature of the investigation.’
‘The nameless tip was given to personal investigators who’re serving to police search for Levi.
‘The particular person was very cagey and revealed little or no particulars apart from to say that “individuals within the UK are concerned in Levi’s disappearance” and that it stems from a falling out he apparently had with a gang in London when he performed rugby there.
‘I do know of some difficulties he had with some individuals who confirmed as much as his flat in Ealing however do not know what the disagreement was about or how critical it was.
‘However it is a crucial piece of data to come back to gentle and the police in Barcelona are conscious.’
Burrows added: ‘We have acquired a number of nameless items of data that time to the truth that Levi’s disappearance isn’t voluntary.
‘There are positively individuals in each London and Barcelona who know what’s occurred to him and we’re following the leads now we have been given.’
Levi’s household and mates are rising more and more nervous for his security.
He has not been seen since leaving the Previous Irish Pub on Barcelona’s bustling La Rambla in October.
Safety cameras caught him leaving the bar, the place he had loved a pint whereas watching soccer, at 10.05pm.
He walked the quick distance north on La Rambla to the Exhausting Rock Cafe the place the path has gone chilly.
Police say Levi has nonetheless not used his telephone or both of his two financial institution accounts within the almost three months he has been lacking.
There have been no credible sightings of him and his passport was discovered by police in November, which means he’s unable to journey, lease lodging and even e book right into a lodge.
Levi had solely been in Barcelona for 3 hours, having arrived on the ferry port at 7pm following an eight-hour crossing from Ibiza, the place he had been on vacation with mates.
The final time his telephone sign was picked up was near the town’s Sants mainline prepare station in a single day on October 29, which is simply over two miles from the Previous Irish Pub, which Davis visited for simply 35 minutes.
He ordered a pint of Heineken and watched the Liverpool vs Leeds sport on tv in addition to a dwell singer earlier than leaving, in response to the barmaid who served him.
Levi twice despatched his mom video messages shortly earlier than his disappearance. One on the ferry and one other whereas he was watching the singer carry out within the Previous Irish Pub.
Safety cameras caught him heading out the venue – in direction of the Exhausting Rock Cafe – carrying a small black rucksack and sporting a white short-sleeved T-shirt, black trousers and black and white trainers.
Lacking posters have been plastered everywhere in the Catalan metropolis in an pressing attraction for data of his whereabouts.
Levi performed Premiership rugby union for Bathtub between 2017 and 2020, when he joined Ealing Trailfinders. A yr later he signed for Worthing Raiders.
He starred on Movie star X Think about 2019 alongside fellow rugby stars Ben Foden and Thom Evans in a singing group often called Attempt Star. He was additionally on E4’s Celebs Go Relationship in 2020.
Levi’s household have arrange a GoFundMe web page to attraction for donations to assist proceed the search.