Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia said the 24-year-old, who disappeared in Barcelona nearly three months ago, had got himself into huge debt after his party lifestyle spiralled out of control

Lacking rugby and X Factor star Levi Davis was round £100,000 in debt to the Somali mafia and was satisfied that they had 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 practically three months in the past, had received himself into large debt after his social gathering way of life spiralled uncontrolled.

An unnamed member of the crew of personal detectives put collectively by the British investigator employed by Davis’s distraught household, Gavin Burrows, was quoted by the paper as saying: ‘Davis got here to Barcelona fleeing from these criminals. He had adopted a frenzied way of life and was in a really delicate state of affairs.

Former Bath rugby player Levi, 24, (pictured in September 2019) went missing on October 29 after leaving a friend in Ibiza to get the ferry to Barcelona alone

Former Bathtub rugby participant Levi, 24, (pictured) went lacking on October 29 after leaving a buddy in Ibiza to get the ferry to Barcelona alone

Now his mother Julie Davis (pictured with an image of herself and Levi) says a private detective working on the case has uncovered that the 5ft 9in rugby star may have been kidnapped by criminals from London in a dispute over money, in what they believe could be a major breakthrough

Now his mom Julie Davis (pictured with a picture of herself and Levi) says a personal 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 consider could possibly be a serious breakthrough

‘The reality is he was certain they had been chasing him. Actually he was satisfied that they had tried to poison him on one event.’

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 research a potential 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 lure after arranging to fulfill somebody he had met on social media.

Good Morning Britain (GMB) mentioned early Wednesday morning that Burrows had advised the programme he feared Levi could have drowned in Barcelona 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, no less than on the cruise ship.

‘However it was a while later that the police realised 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 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 just a few days later after his household knowledgeable West Midlands Police he had vanished.

Barcelona police confirmed on November 22 final 12 months that his passport had been discovered within the metropolis port after Levi’s mom Julie revealed it had turned up.

MailOnline obtained CCTV footage showing rugby star Levi Davis leaving the Old Irish Pub on the bustling La Rambla street on October 29 at 10.05pm

MailOnline obtained CCTV footage displaying rugby star Levi Davis leaving the Outdated 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 advised 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 invaluable details about what occurred.

‘Sadly we solely have a nickname to go on.

Missing posters have been plastered all over Barcelona in an effort to find Levi Davis

Lacking posters have been plastered throughout Barcelona in an effort to seek out Levi Davis

‘Maybe it was nothing greater than bait provided 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 damage.

He was picked up on CCTV leaving the Outdated Irish Pub close to Barcelona’s La Rambla round 10pm on October 29, just a few hours after taking a ship from Ibiza with simply £35 and no change of garments. 

Squire described his determination to depart the island as ‘sudden.’

Levi Davis’ mum Julie broke down in tears on Wednesday morning on Good Morning Britain 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, perhaps 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 would 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 on October 29 final 12 months however Spanish police waited till hours earlier than he was formally reported lacking to them days later by an Ibiza-based buddy earlier than they started investigating.

Explaining the impact of this and different delays, Levi’s emotional mum mentioned: ‘I’ve had a variety of assist from household and mates and naturally the personal investigators have been working very laborious and the Spanish police have achieved their bit as nicely.

Mr Davis travelled on a ferry from Ibiza to Barcelona from where he went missing

Mr Davis travelled on a ferry from Ibiza to Barcelona from the place he went lacking 

‘However the place I feel it has been troublesome is just not having the data come via. There’s the language barrier after all and having to go by way of the British consulate earlier than after which the suggestions with information updates could be very sluggish, very sluggish.

‘I do know the British consulate are urgent however when it comes to the updates and the CCTV protection it is irritating.

‘We received info 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 extremely irritating.’

Final month Levi’s mum mentioned Burrows had uncovered info that the previous Bathtub rugby participant, who starred on Movie star X Consider 2019, could have been kidnapped in Barcelona by British gangsters.

She mentioned the investigator had obtained an unique tip her son had received right into a dispute with criminals two years in the past whereas he was taking part in rugby for Ealing Trailfinders in 2020.

She advised Mail On-line: ‘We desperately have to know extra as a result of this might change the entire nature of the investigation.’ 

‘The nameless tip was given to non-public investigators who’re serving to police search for Levi.

Mr Davis starred on Celebrity X Factor in 2019 with fellow rugby stars Ben Foden and Thom Evans, pictured, in a group called Try Star. He was also on Celebs Go Dating in 2020

Mr Davis starred on Movie star X Consider 2019 alongside fellow rugby stars Ben Foden and Thom Evans in a singing group often called Strive Star. He was additionally on E4’s Celebs Go Courting in 2020

‘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 severe it was.

‘However this can be a essential piece of knowledge to come back to gentle and the police in Barcelona are conscious.’

Burrows added: ‘We have obtained a number of nameless items of knowledge that time to the truth that Levi’s disappearance is just not 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 fearful for his security.

He has not been seen since leaving the Outdated 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 Onerous Rock Cafe the place the path has gone chilly.

Police say Levi has nonetheless not used his telephone nor both of his two financial institution accounts within the practically 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, hire lodging and even guide right into a resort.

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 town’s Sants mainline prepare station in a single day on October 29, which is simply over two miles from the Outdated Irish Pub, which Mr Davis visited for simply 35 minutes. 

He ordered a pint of Heineken and watched the Liverpool vs Leeds recreation on tv in addition to a stay singer earlier than leaving, in line with 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 Outdated Irish Pub.

Safety cameras caught him heading out the venue – in direction of the Onerous Rock Cafe – carrying a small black rucksack and carrying 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 info of his whereabouts.

Levi performed Premiership rugby union for Bathtub between 2017 and 2020, when he joined Ealing Trailfinders. A 12 months later he signed for Worthing Raiders.

He starred on Movie star X Consider 2019 alongside fellow rugby stars Ben Foden and Thom Evans in a singing group often called Strive Star. He was additionally on E4’s Celebs Go Courting in 2020.

Levi’s household have arrange a GoFundMe web page to attraction for donations to assist proceed the search.

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