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103,503.  Essex, Essex, what is it for?

We can’t think of anywhere viler.

Essex where there’s mobiles galore

And in every dream home a rottweiler.  (Essex & Epigrams)  Spitting Image s11e2, ITV 1991  

 

 

17,885.  By the mid-1990s it had become a war zone.  Gang warfare poisoned the dream as organised crime spilled out of London’s East London into the fields, beaches, streets and nightclubs of Essex.  It’s a story that’s now hit the big screen.  (Gangs UK: Essex & Murder Cases: Essex & Essex)  Britain’s Underworld: Essex Bad Boys, National Geographic 2011

 

17,886.  Essex was a gateway to Europe ... In the quiet fields and farmlands criminal networks had started to take root.  (Gangs UK: Essex & Murder Cases: Essex & Essex)  ibid.

 

17,887.  In the next twenty years Essex would tear itself apart.  (Gangs UK: Essex & Murder Case: Essex & Essex)  ibid.

 

17,888.  The rave scene was descending more and more into the underworld.  (Gangs UK: Essex & Murder Cases: Essex & Essex & Raves)  ibid.

 

17,889.  With raves came drugs, and with drugs came a bloody gang warfare.  (Gangs UK: Essex & Murder Cases: Essex & Essex & Raves)  ibid.

 

17,890.  The Essex’ drugs market was rife.  (Gangs UK: Essex & Murder Cases: Essex & Essex & Raves)  ibid.

 

17,891.  The Essex Boys were making enemies in high places.  (Gangs UK: Essex & Murder Cases: Essex & Essex)  ibid.

 

17,892.  So who shot the Essex Boys?  (Gangs UK: Essex & Murder Cases: Essex & Essex)  ibid.

 

 

17,893.  The East End has always looked to Essex as a place to get away to.  (Gangs UK: Essex & Murder Cases: Essex & Essex)  Professor Dick Hobbs, University of Essex

 

 

17,894.  The worst thing you can ever do in a criminal fraternity is be successful.  (Gangs UK: Essex & Murder Cases: Essex & Crime & Essex)  Billy Blundell

 

 

17,895.  Who sold the ecstasy tablet that killed Leah Betts?  (Gangs UK: Essex & Murder Cases: Essex & Ecstasy & Essex)  Dispatches: The Firm, Channel 4 1987

 

17,896.  Under cover of darkness, just over a year ago, members of the Firm, a major Essex drugs gang, are on their way to a meeting.  Their Range Rover pushes down a lonely farm track.  Seconds later all three men were dead blasted in the head from a pump-action shotgun at point-blank range.  (Gangs UK: Essex & Murder Cases: Essex & Essex)  ibid.

 

17,897.  The Firm built its reputation around the explosive temper and drug-induced rages of Pat Tate.  (Gangs UK: Essex & Murder Cases: Essex & Essex)  ibid.

 

17,898.  Controlling the doors at clubs can mean running the drugs sales inside where the real money can be made.  (Gangs UK: Essex & Murder Cases: Essex & Nightclub & Essex)  ibid.

 

17,899.  The Firm was establishing a national reputation for intimidation, enforcement and drug dealing.  (Gangs UK: Essex & Murder Cases: Essex & Essex)  ibid.

 

17,900.  For the Firm, Leah’s death was catastrophic.  The public scrutiny was intense.  (Gangs UK: Essex & Murder Cases: Essex & Ecstasy & Essex)  ibid.

 

 

17,901.  The Essex Boys were a group of vicious drug-dealing villains.  Their deaths have been the subject of two Hollywood films and countless newspaper headlines.  (Gangs UK: Essex & Murder Cases: Essex & Essex)  The Real Essex Boys, 2012

 

17,902.  A brutal gangland execution.  (Gangs UK: Essex & Murder Cases: Essex & Essex)  ibid.

 

17,903.  Within the clubs dealers controlled the sale of drugs.  But the doormen control the dealers.  Anthony Tucker took a cut from every deal.  (Gangs UK: Essex & Murder Cases: Essex & Nightclub & Essex)  ibid.

 

17,904.  Tate and Tucker were both heavy users of steroids.  (Gangs UK: Essex & Murder Cases: Essex & Essex)  ibid.

 

17,905.  A local farmer awoke to find nearly five hundred pounds of cannabis – worth about half a million pounds – in his pond.  (Gangs UK: Essex & Murder Case: Essex & Essex)  ibid.

 

17,906.  Policeman’s daughter Leah Betts was certainly facing potentially fatal consequences.  Within hours of taking ecstasy she was rushed to Chelmsford Hospital where she fell into a deep coma.  (Gangs UK: Essex & Murder Cases: Essex & Ecstasy)  ibid.

 

17,907.  Double-cross: their greed had cost them their lives ... Police investigate this triple gangland killing.  (Gangs UK: Essex & Murder Cases: Essex & Essex)  ibid.

 

17,908.  Supergrass Darren Nicholls, who had a history of acting as a paid police informer, identified his old partners in crime, Michael Steele and Jack Whomes as the two murderers.  (Gangs UK: Essex & Murder Cases: Essex & Essex)  ibid.

 

17,909.  Rettendon Village, Essex: 6th December 1995 18.48: and paid for their greed with their lives.  But what really happened?  (Gangs UK: Essex & Murder Cases: Essex & Essex)  ibid.

 

17,910.  Police had encouraged Darren Nicholls to become a supergrass ... There were no forensics, no footprints, no DNA.  (Gangs UK: Essex & Murder Cases: Essex & Essex)  ibid.

 

17,911.  Not everyone thinks the jury got it right.  (Gangs UK: Essex & Murder Cases: Essex & Essex)  ibid.                   

 

 

104,585.  In the recent past nowhere in Britain has suffered these – what? Institutionalised lies?  Blood libels?  Tribal slanders?  These expressions of places or even of racism – like Essex has.  Jonathan Meades: The Joy of Essex, BBC 2017

 

104,586.  It’s a sort of colony of London, a dependency.  ibid.    

 

104,589.  A more dilute authoritarianism, regulation by whimsy and preciousness is to be found in the aggressively genteel yet strangely delightful Edwardian resort of Frinton on Sea, a place which didn’t have a public house till twelve years ago.  ibid.  

 

104,590.  The site of post-war New Towns, overspill towns such as Basildon and Harlow.  ibid.  

 

 

117,474.  Essex: Did you know it was chosen by God as the original birthplace of Jesus Christ but to bad for the lack of virgins and wise men He was forced to have a rethink.  (GBH Films & Essex)  Bonded by Blood 2 2017 starring Sam Strike & Terry Stone & Josh Myers & Christopher Ellison & Martin Delaney & Sarah Alexandra Marks & Mark Preston & Tony Denham & George Russo & Dani Dyer et al, director Greg Hall, opening commentary

 

117,475.   Essex was an open sore back then crawling with maggots and scheming thieves, drug dealers, Pat Tate, Tony Tucker and Mr Craig Rolfe all causing chaos and totally out of control … A new snarling set of wannabe soldiers: the next generation …  (GBH Films & Essex)  ibid.

 

 

117,762.  On December 6th 1995, three members of the notorious Essex Boys firm were brutally executed in the most infamous gangland murders in British history.  (Murder Cases: Essex & Essex & Gangs UK: Essex)  Essex Boys: The Truth, 2015

 

117,763.  Alvin and his new generation of Essex boys saw their demise as an opportunity to fill their boots and the lucrative void they had left in the drugs world.  (Murder Cases: Essex & Essex & Gangs UK: Essex)  ibid.

 

117,765.  I worked at Raquel’s six nights a weeks for eight years.  They’d be a minimum of three or four fights every day.  (Murder Cases: Essex & Essex & Gangs UK: Essex)  ibid.  bouncer

 

117,766.  Tucker, Tate and Rolfe began taking cocktails of drugs and their personalities began to change.  (Murder Cases: Essex & Essex & Gangs UK: Essex)  ibid.      

 

117,767.  They had sought [Tucker & Tate] protection from the police when Ellis had responded to their bullying.  (Murder Cases: Essex & Essex & Gangs UK: Essex)  ibid.

 

117,768.  Drugs had turned them into bullies and cowards.  (Murder Cases: Essex & Essex & Gangs UK: Essex)  ibid.

 

117,769.  Tate and Tucker were just out of control.  (Murder Cases: Essex & Essex & Gangs UK: Essex)  ibid.  

 

117,770.  Jailed for life on the word of a liar.  (Murder Cases: Essex & Essex & Gangs UK: Essex)  ibid.  newspaper article

 

117,771.  The truth has never emerged.  (Murder Cases: Essex & Essex & Gangs UK: Essex)  ibid.

 

117,772.  Jack [Whomes] shot them and reloaded the gun and shot them again.  (Murder Cases: Essex & Essex & Gangs UK: Essex)  ibid.

 

 

139,075.  There’s loads of them.  There’s immigrants in the back but they’re all lying on the ground.  (Essex & Immigration & Murder Cases: Essex)  Hunting the Essex Lorry Killers, lorry driver’s 999, BBC 2021

 

139,076.  39 people found dead in the back of a lorry in Essex.  The victims were discovered at 1.40 this morning.  (Essex & Immigration & Murder Cases: Essex)  ibid.   

 

139,077.  One of Britain’s biggest murder investigations.  (Essex & Immigration & Murder Cases: Essex)  ibid.

 

139,078.  That admission from Robinson suggests he’s part of a larger organised criminal gang.  (Essex & Immigration & Murder Cases: Essex)  ibid.