A man who fled the country to Dubai after failing to attend his trial and taunting police online, has been extradited and jailed.

Adam Ali, 30, of High Road in Thornwood, was originally arrested and charged on January 11, 2017, for allegations relating to dangerous driving and ammunition.

He will now serve his original three-year sentence and an additional ten months for failing to surrender to the court.

He appeared at Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday.

Detective Sergeant Andy Swindells of the Westminster crime squad, who investigated the case, said: "It is satisfying to know that Ali is now where he belongs and will rightly serve time in prison for his crimes.

"A lot of time and police work has gone into securing this result and I would like to thank the NCA and our international colleagues who were integral to this success.

"We will do everything in our power to bring to justice those who attempt to evade us."

Ali was originally bailed to return to court later in January 2017, but instead fled to Dubai on the first day of the trial.

In his absence he was found guilty and sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on October 5, 2017.

In September 2018, police learned that Ali had made a trip to the USA under the name of Adam Khalifa.

Officers soon discovered Ali was residing somewhere in the Middle-East city, where he regularly posted on his Instagram page.

Ali mocked police by flaunting images of himself in lavish clubs and driving luxurious sports cars.

Through a joint collaboration between Dubai Police, Dubai Public Prosecutors, Interpol, the National Crime Agency and the Met, Ali was arrested on November 20, 2018.

Met officers travelled to Dubai on 13 January and extradited the criminal back to the UK three days later.

Ian Cruxton, head of international operations at the National Crime Agency, said: "Ali fled justice to live a lavish lifestyle somewhere he thought his crimes wouldn't catch up with him.

"Our international partners - especially the Dubai Police and prosecutors - were crucial in helping to catch and return him.

"It doesn't matter where fugitives run to; we will do everything possible to find them."