Met Police issues wanted notice to Wiley for failing to answer burglary and assault charges

Richard Cowie failed to appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court and is now wanted by the Met


The Met Police has issued a wanted notice for rapper Wiley after he failed to turn up at court.

Wiley, real name Richard Cowie, was due to appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court to answer burglary and assault charges.

The self-proclaimed "Godfather of Grime", 42, was pictured with football stars Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard while performing in Dubai in January.

The appeal lists Wiley as frequenting the Tower Hamlets and Newham areas of London.


A warrant has been issued for the rapper to be arrested after he failed to turn up for a court hearing in relation to allegations of assault and burglary at the home of a former kickboxer.

The performer is accused of allegedly breaking in to a flat in Forest Gate, east London, on August 28, smashing plates and assaulting Ali Jacko.

Police appeal for Wiley
Police appeal for Wiley

He was on conditional bail and due to appear at Thames Magistrates’ Court in east London.

District judge Ross Johnson issued a “warrant not back for bail” order which will enable him to be arrested and brought to court.

The rapper had been using Mr Jacko’s recording studio before the pandemic.

Known as the Godfather of Grime, Cowie was made an MBE for services to music in 2018.

Anyone with information on Wiley's whereabouts is urged to call 07747209885 or tweet @METCC quoting his name.