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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. Spitting Image s11e2, song, ITV 1991
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. Britain’s Underworld: Essex Bad Boys, National Geographic 2011
Essex was a gateway to Europe ... In the quiet fields and farmlands criminal networks had started to take root. ibid.
In the next twenty years Essex would tear itself apart. ibid.
The rave scene was descending more and more into the underworld. ibid.
With raves came drugs, and with drugs came a bloody gang warfare. ibid.
The Essex’ drugs market was rife. ibid.
The Essex Boys were making enemies in high places. ibid.
So who shot the Essex Boys? ibid.
The East End has always looked to Essex as a place to get away to. Professor Dick Hobbs, University of Essex
The worst thing you can ever do in a criminal fraternity is be successful. Billy Blundell
Who sold the ecstasy tablet that killed Leah Betts? Dispatches: The Firm, Channel 4 1987
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. ibid.
The Firm built its reputation around the explosive temper and drug-induced rages of Pat Tate. ibid.
Controlling the doors at clubs can mean running the drugs sales inside where the real money can be made. ibid.
The Firm was establishing a national reputation for intimidation, enforcement and drug dealing. ibid.
For the Firm, Leah’s death was catastrophic. The public scrutiny was intense. ibid.
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. The Real Essex Boys, 2012
A brutal gangland execution. ibid.
Within the clubs dealers controlled the sale of drugs. But the doormen control the dealers. Anthony Tucker took a cut from every deal. ibid.
Tate and Tucker were both heavy users of steroids. ibid.
A local farmer awoke to find nearly five hundred pounds of cannabis – worth about half a million pounds – in his pond. ibid.
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. ibid.
Double-cross: their greed had cost them their lives ... Police investigate this triple gangland killing. ibid.
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. ibid.
Rettendon Village, Essex: 6th December 1995 18.48: and paid for their greed with their lives. But what really happened? ibid.
Police had encouraged Darren Nicholls to become a supergrass ... There were no forensics, no footprints, no DNA. ibid.
Not everyone thinks the jury got it right. ibid.
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
It’s a sort of colony of London, a dependency. ibid.
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.
The site of post-war New Towns, overspill towns such as Basildon and Harlow. ibid.
Essex: Did you know it was chosen by God as the original birthplace of Jesus Christ, but too bad for the lack of virgins and wise men, He was forced to have a rethink. 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
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 … ibid.
On December 6th 1995, three members of the notorious Essex Boys firm were brutally executed in the most infamous gangland murders in British history. Essex Boys: The Truth, 2015
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. ibid.
I worked at Raquel’s six nights a weeks for eight years. They’d be a minimum of three or four fights every day. ibid. bouncer
Tucker, Tate and Rolfe began taking cocktails of drugs and their personalities began to change. ibid.
They had sought [Tucker & Tate] protection from the police when Ellis had responded to their bullying. ibid.
Drugs had turned them into bullies and cowards. ibid.
Tate and Tucker were just out of control. ibid.
Jailed for life on the word of a liar. ibid. newspaper article
The truth has never emerged. ibid.
Jack [Whomes] shot them and reloaded the gun and shot them again. ibid.
There’s loads of them. There’s immigrants in the back but they’re all lying on the ground. Hunting the Essex Lorry Killers, lorry driver’s 999, BBC 2021
39 people found dead in the back of a lorry in Essex. The victims were discovered at 1.40 this morning. ibid.
One of Britain’s biggest murder investigations. ibid.
That admission from Robinson suggests he’s part of a larger organised criminal gang. ibid.