A FORMER Warrington businessman - who once infuriated Manchester United bosses with a range of wines named after Eric Cantona - has made it on to the Crimestoppers most wanted website.

Wheeler dealer Brandon William Pyatt made national headlines in 1996 when he began to market a range of French wines and brandy, bearing Cantona's likeness, from offices in Froghall Lane, Warrington.

Manchested United lawyers took Pyatt to the High Court, claiming copyright infringement but the businessman, then living in Locking Stumps, remained unrepentant.

He told the Warrington Guardian in 1996: "United are using bully boy tactics because they want me to sell the business to them, but I'm not taking any notice of them.

But Pyatt, along with a business partner from Lymm, was later arrested on a number of copyright and fraud charges.

Ironically Pyatt, who drove a Rolls Royce while selling hundreds of bottles of the Cantona wine, was an avid Manchester City fan.

Mail regularly arrived at his Warrington offices addressed to companies' bearing some of the leading names of the fashion world - from Ralph Lauren to Hugo Boss and Christian Dior.

One former associate, who asked not to be named, said: "It was like a who's who of the fashion world - you never knew which name you'd see turning up next.

"Whether or not it was entirely legitimate or not, it seems like Brandon was setting up companies for leading brands which had never bothered to register their details in the UK.

"Then, when these firms cried foul, he could say he was within his rights to hold that name."

More recently he has also fallen foul of the authorities in South Yorkshire.

Pyatt, said to now be in his early 50s, was convicted of theft, fraud and deception offences and sentenced to six years imprisonment - but he is currently on the run.

People who know of his whereabouts are asked to contact either Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111, or South Yorkshire Police in Sheffield on 0114 220 20 20.