A GANGSTER has bragged about hiring a private plane to flee the country – but police say he is only wanted for a minor offence and wouldn't have been stopped at the airport.

Convicted drug dealer Sam Walker has published a guide on how to flee the UK after his 5,000-mile escape to Africa while wanted by Cheshire Police.

He then posted a video of his journey onto social media with the caption: "How to get out of UK when your [sic] wanted by police. Can’t use an airport coz they will nick you."

He went on to taunt police, saying 'better luck trying to catch me when I go out of the country next time'.

Walker travelled to Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, using private planes and a cargo ship.

He told viewers that he is carrying out charity work in the country. 

But Cheshire Police have since confirmed that Walker is wanted on a bench warrant for minor driving offences after failing to appear at Chester Magistrates' Court on April 20.

It is believed that exit checks would not have been in operation preventing someone from leaving the country with an outstanding warrant for such a minor offence.

In April, Walker posted: "I hear I’m now wanted by police trying to frame me an jail me for banned driving.

"My ban was up last month.

"This is an attempt to sabotage my container going to the slums of Africa! I chose not to go court an to go Africa instead.

"These people are more important than a court date!"

A spokesman for Cheshire Police said they were aware of the videos and were reviewing the case.