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The Dick Turpin of legend: swashbuckling highwayman, ladies’ man, who loved his horse, the robber of the rich, the gentleman thief, but there's another Dick Turpin – a lowlife thug addicted to violence. An early organised criminal, part of a gang that tortured and raped. The Real Dick Turpin, Discovery 2007
The brand sold everything from pottery to pots. ibid.
By 1734 the twenty-nine-year-old Turpin had joined a local gang of hardened criminals – the Essex gang. 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.
By the mid-1990s it had become a war zone. Gang warfare poisoned the dream as organised crime spilled out of London’s East End 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
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
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.
Last year supergrass Darren Nicholls agreed to take part in an Inside Story about the murder of three Essex drugs dealers. But on the night of the intended broadcast Nichols fearing he might be recognised obtained an injunction to stop the programme being transmitted. Inside Story of a Supergrass, BBC 1999
On December 7th 1995 Detective Superintendent Ivan Dibley was called to the scene of a murder: drug dealers Pat Tate, Tony Tucker and Craig Rolfe had been executed in a Range Rover at the end of this farm track in Rettendon, Essex. ibid.
‘Me and Mick Steele started smuggling cannabis across the Channel.’ ibid.
No-one was found culpable for John’s murder. ibid.
Bradley Blundell: Guilty. ibid.
7th December 1995: It was the end of an era. But before the murders, the torture, the beatings and the ecstasy, before all of that there was football. You see football is where the hatred and the spite first come from. Rise of the Foot Soldier 2007 starring Ricci Harnett & Terry Stone & Craig Fairbrass & Roland Manookian & Billy Murray & Frank Harper & Neil Maskell & Dave Legeno & Kieran Bew & Jason Maza Coralie Rose& et al, director Julian Gilbey, Carlton Leach’s commentary
I was West Ham. For us football, fighting and fucking was our way of life. ibid.
Football was my mistress, and I played away every weekend. ibid.
We started calling ourselves the ICF, the Inter City Firm. ibid.
In my world kindness is mistaken for weakness. ibid.
You didn’t get work on my door unless you could seriously handle yourself. ibid.
People started coming to me for all sorts. ibid.
The first time I’d ever touched drugs and got as close to God as chemically possible. ibid.
Peace by ecstasy. ibid.
This stuff really was going to change the world. ibid.
We started doing punishment as well as protection. ibid.
The steroids left my whole body shaking. Crying out for food. I couldn’t think straight. They don’t just make your muscles big they fuck your head up. ibid.
Tony ran security at some of the top nightclubs in Essex. I had some of the toughest doors in London. Joining forces seemed like a good idea. ibid.
Heroin. Mug’s game. I told everybody on my firm to stay well clear. ibid.
One of my boys was dead, and those Turks were about to find out what it felt like to be on the wrong end of a kebab knife. ibid.
Everybody knew who Pat Tate was. He was a legend in the Essex underworld. ibid.
It had been almost a year since Pat went back to prison. Tony and Craig had become increasingly powerful in the drug world while he was inside. ibid.