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However, Moores increasingly sought external investment to help Liverpool develop a new ground, and ended up selling it in 2007, to American investors Tom Hicks and George Gillett, in preference to Sheikh Mohammed and DIC. Family member Lisa Whitney and gang associate Gary Edwards were each given four years while co-conspirator Michael Waters was sentences to five years and four months. Rather than get his hands dirty, he directed others to produce, store, collect and distribute drugs to gangs across England and Scotland. 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Darren Gee organised the cold blooded murder of David Regan, brutally robbing an OAP while high on cocaine. The two men have escaped justice for decades which is why the ECHO cannot name them. Infamous crime lord Delroy Showers was jailed in 2009 over a plot to smuggle just over £1m worth of amphetamines into Denmark from the Netherlands. Unable to wipe out his debt, he said he agreed to allow his company to be used by the gangster. Speaking at the conclusion of the Whitney gang sentencing, Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Doherty from Merseyside Police said: “This family is so dangerous that guns and drugs are part of their daily business.”. for over 50 years. [6], A report in the Observer newspaper written by journalist Peter Beaumont entitled Gangsters put Liverpool top of gun league (28 May 1995), observed that turf wars had erupted within Liverpool. This came despite him arguing he should have received protection for tipping off police about the heroin shipment. Plotting from jail after being arrested over the heroin shipment, he tried to force the businessman to hand over £12m or take the fall for the heroin. The Liverpool criminal - referred to as “that crazy Englishman" - threatened to throw a grenade into a family home then plotted to kidnap a woman so she could be held hostage at a Dutch farm. Police set up a community task force based at Walton Lane police station to try and target the Darren and Daniel's crime group. In November 2011, the family and their associates were sentenced to a total of 82 years in jail for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, with individual sentences ranging from two to nine years. Days earlier three men in black had climbed a fence and looked into the home. Anything else you need to know - The Liverpool Echo has a dedicated crime reporter in Joe Thomas. His role in a shocking extortion and kidnap plot came to light in a case that proceeded through the Court of Rotterdam. There are criminal convictions against them which amply support what I have just said.”. That was when officers began to hear of an English-speaking man referred to in court documents as being "a maniac". The Turkish gangster received 14 years for his role in the heroin and kidnap plot. Despite their genial manner the men were prepared to send gun and grenade toting thugs to the front door of anyone who compromised their interests. The family owned their stake in Liverpool F.C. A gangster known as "The Maniac" was drafted in by a Turkish drugs lord in a desperate bid to recover millions of pounds lost when a massive heroin shipment was intercepted. We do not seek to glamorise crime or criminals, rather to shine a spotlight on what is happening in our city. It was subsequently linked to a gang that included four men from Liverpool, The Court of Rotterdam. Showers always denied the allegations and wrote of the squalid conditions of the Istanbul prison and his lack of faith in the Turkish justice system. He requests someone from the businessman's family contact him. He had claimed he only became involved in drugs after the Turkish gangster kept increasing the interest on a loan he had made to help the transport boss renovate a restaurant. People were worried about rising youth crime and the influence of 'penny dreadfuls' on people's behaviour. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time. When the two brothers fell out with a rival crime group gang it resulted in a spate of shootings. Manchester Crown Court heard that the 60%-pure heroin would have cost around 300,000 euros to buy wholesale from Turkey. "They know that because he picks up their child at the end of the day. Ian Unsworth, QC, prosecuting, described dad-of-two Joseph, then 44, as the hands-off "principal" of a ultra secretive organisation. Police warned the father-in-law and his family go into hiding. Court documents obtained from The Netherlands detail how a man with “an accent from Liverpool" was a feared enforcer with an international gangland reputation. The brothers were finally cornered by gun-wielding officers, who swooped as they slept in hotel beds in November 2018. You can unsubscribe at any time. Joseph and Gregory Mulhare lived the high life, flying to Ibiza, Tenerife, France and America, thanks to massive drug plots. His 14 year sentence was thought to have begun in Randers, Denmark, but in 2014 the Foreign Office confirmed he was moved back to the UK to finish his jail term. This notorious family gang came from the Anfield area - but their ill-gotten gains bought them plush pads in some of the city's most sought-after post codes. The father-in-law eventually agrees to meet The Maniac at a cafe. The Whitneys had been in Merseyside Police's sights for years - with Operation Malton launched in 2008 to try and take them down. The deal turned sour soon after. He added: “The Whitneys are an unpleasant family, significant in the Anfield area, their reputation was well-known. He made the pensioner drive home to show him ID, where he demanded the elderly victim hand over a £1,000 ‘fine’, or £100 deposit. [7] Official Home Office statistics revealed a total of 3,387 offences involving firearms had occurred in the Merseyside region during a four-year period between 1997 and 2001. Court documents reveal how top-level European drugs boss called on a man from Liverpool in his hour of need, Get the latest on coronavirus, testing, local news and more in the Echo newsletter. Their names only have currency within the upper tiers of the drugs economy. The issues are exactly the same. shipments of cocaine and cannabis from Merseyside to Northern Ireland. The gang was kept under surveillance by detectives from the forces Matrix gun and gang crime unit, who recorded hours of damning evidence. A recent investigation published in the ECHO charts the brothers' rise from Cantril Farm to the Costa Del Sol. The feared criminals, whose gang had access to a cache of guns, samurai swords and machetes, were jailed for more than 26 years combined in November 2013.

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