Police are hunting a scrap metal dealer who killed a man in a row over a moped. Shaun Walker, who was 19 at the time of the offence, was sentenced to eight years in prison and four years on licence for manslaughter.

He killed Barry Thomas after punching him “a number of times” after being “spurred on” by colleague Calvin Wall, who was 46 at the time. The court heard the three men had been socialising among mutual friends in the same group on a sunny day on Methuen Road, Maindee, at the time of the attack on June 2, 2013, when a dispute over the moped led to Walker headbutting Mr Thomas before following him up the street to continue the attack.

Mr Thomas died two days later of a “catastrophic haemorrhage to the brain”. The court heard how Walker had a history of convictions for violent crime, including punching a female police officer and fracturing a man’s nose which required surgery after calling him over to him in the street. Join our WhatsApp news community here for the latest breaking news

Walker, who is now 29, has been recalled to prison after breaching his licence conditions. Officers for Gwent Police are advising the public not to approach Walker, if they see him, but to instead call 999.

In a statement, the force said: “Anyone with information on his whereabouts can call 101, or send us a direct message on Facebook or X, quoting reference 24*109553. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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