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One of Britain's richest men is on the run from police after apparently escaping from a window at his mansion when officers raided his home.

Hans Kristian Rausing, son of Tetra Pak tycoon Hans Rausing and heir to a ?5.4billion fortune, is believed to have fled seconds before police used a battering ram to break through a locked door. They wanted to quiz him over a car crash.

He and his American wife Eva are already on bail on for drug offences after she was arrested allegedly trying to smuggle crack cocaine and heroin into the American Embassy in London in April.

When police searched their ?5million five-storey Georgian townhouse in Chelsea after her arrest, they reportedly discovered a ?2,000 drug stash.

Mr Rausing, 45, vanished on Sunday evening as officers arrived to question him after his Audi Quattro crashed into another car in London on Sunday evening before speeding off.

It is thought the driver of the Audi may have been under the influence of drink or drugs.

The driver of the damaged car alerted police and five minutes later another member of the public reported the same car being driven erratically on the M4.

Police traced the owner of the vehicle to Mr Rausing's home address.

After being let in by a maid, officers heard people talking behind a bedroom door.

When no-one opened it they broke down the door to find 44-year-old Mrs Rausing, the daughter of a wealthy Pepsi Cola executive, standing there alone.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: 'We can confirm that a member of the public attended Ealing Police Station to report an Audi Quattro having failed to stop following being in collision with his vehicle in Chiswick at approximately 8.40pm on June 15.

'At 8.45pm we were contacted by a member of the public to reports of a car driving erratically on the M4 / A4.

'Officers attended an address in Chelsea to make further inquiries but the registered keeper of the vehicle was not at the address. Inquiries continue.'

Mr Rausing could be staying at one of his numerous properties around the world which include a ?50million estate in Barbados and an apartment on the ?182million luxury cruise liner The World.

His Swedish billionaire father, who built up the Tetra Pak carton empire with his later brother Gad, also has a 3,000-acre country retreat in Wadhurst, East Sussex.

His fortune is said to be around ?5.4billion, making him Britain's seventh richest man.

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+Dick Montage
His fortune is said to be around ?5.4billion, making him Britain's seventh richest man.

And a very naughty boy!

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