Gangland Britain


Author: Tony Thompson
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1444719858
Category: True Crime
Page: 300
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This is a picture of crime from within the ranks of the Hell's Angels, the Yardies, the Triads and the Yakuza, as well as the more traditional old-style East End gangs. It gives an insight into their initiation ceremonies, their methods, their money-raising tactics. Here is a picture of organised crime, seen within the ranks of the Hell's Angels, the Yardies, the Triads and the Yakuza, as well as the old-style East-End gangs. It is an insight into their initiation ceremonies, their methods, their money-raising tactics; a timely portrayal of Britain's worst criminal problem.

One Blood

Inside Britain's Gang Culture
Author: John Heale
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1849830517
Category: Social Science
Page: 304
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* Gang crime on the streets of Britain is never out of the headlines * The level of gang violence is increasing: One Bloodexplains how and why * Unique access and insight into the problem by a critically acclaimed journalist who has spent time with gang members from all parts of the UK. * Includes contributions from police, youth workers, psychologists and academics as well as from gang members in their own words * Trade Paperback saw fantastic reviews from The Times, Telegraph, Independent, Evening Standard, Metro, The London Paper and theNewcastle Sunday Sun * Fully updated for the B-format following the outcome of the Rhys Jones murder trial * Every person who has the least involvement in youth work from politicians to policemen to parents of teenagers needs to read this book

City of Gangs: Glasgow and the Rise of the British Gangster


Author: Andrew Davies
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1444739786
Category: True Crime
Page: 464
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'A new type of criminal is in our midst - a dangerous, ruthless, well-armed man, who will stick at nothing, not even murder. He is introducing into this country the gangster methods of Chicago and New York... Trade depression has thrown into unemployment thousands of unskilled youths who have nothing to do but lounge about the street corners of our slums in gangs.' John Bull weekly newspaper, 1932. During the 1920s and 1930s, Glasgow gained an unenviable and enduring notoriety as Britain's gang city - the 'Scottish Chicago'. Now Andrew Davies, author of the acclaimed The Gangs of Manchester, brings to life the reign of terror exerted on Glasgow by gangs like the Billy Boys, the Kent Star, the Savoy Arcadians and the South Side Stickers. Out of the most dilapidated and overcrowded tenements in Britain, stepped young men and women dressed like Hollywood gangsters and their molls. On the city's streets, they took centre stage in dramas of their own making, fighting territorial battles laced with religious sectarianism and running protection rackets modelled on those of the American underworld. Drawing on fifteen years of original research, Andrew Davies provides compelling portraits of legendary figures such as 'Razor King' John Ross and Billy Fullerton, leader of the Billy Boys - described as the 'Al Capone' of the city's East End. He sheds new light on the way the city's police and judiciary dealt with the gangs and reveals the fascinating role played by the media in creating myths of the underworld. During what the Daily Express described as 'The War on the Gang', Glasgow's police were led by Chief Constable Percy Sillitoe (who later became head of M15), determined to maintain the image as a tough, gang-busting cop he had forged in Sheffield during the 1920s. This dramatic story, played out against the backdrop of the most volatile of Britain's cities, provides a new window onto the most turbulent period in modern British history and a timely reminder of how deprivation, unemployment and religious bigotry are a toxic cocktail in any era.

Gangland UK


Author: Christopher Berry-Dee
Publisher: John Blake Publishing
ISBN: 1843586916
Category: True Crime
Page: 288
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It was one of the most brutal killing crusades that Britain has ever seen. Two cruel brothers and their henchmen, synonymous with robbery, torture and bribery, presided over a murderous reign so brutal that Nottingham became forth in the UK's gun crime league. This is just one of the shocking true stories contained in this chilling book.Having delved into the minds of world's most notorious murderers and published his findings in the best-selling Talking with Serial Killers, renowned true-crime author Christopher Berry-Dee now turns his attention to the machinations of the gangster's mind and documents the extent of their cruelty and brutishness. From Tam McGraw, one of Scotland's most infamous gangsters, to 'public enemy number one' Kenny Noye, every type of British gangster is examined. Although they are all very different, they do share a particular trait: a willingness to do anything to get what they want. While the reader may be able to breathe a sigh of relief that the characters in this book have been banished from our streets, gangalnd UK is also a sharp reminder of the dangers still out there. Here are htr startling portaits of thos eciminals who we would rather dorget...but won't be able to.

Hoods


Author: Carl Fellstrom
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781903854587
Category: Firearms and crime
Page: 287
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Nottingham's rapid economic growth has been overshadowed in recent years by a massive increase in gang-related violence and an influx of drugs. This has brought terror to the city streets and has led to Nottingham being labelled Gun Capital of the UK. In the 1980s, organised criminals took control of the lucrative drugs trade. Written with the pace and urgency of a thriller, Hoods is the first in-depth history of the Nottingham crime gangs and how they came to blight an entire city.

Gangs


Author: Tony Thompson
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 1848940548
Category: True Crime
Page: 300
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Organised crime is now the country's third biggest industry. The number of gangland murders, shootings and kidnappings, along with the levels of drug trafficking, people smuggling and money laundering, have all experienced phenomenal growth. Multi million pound drug deals and vicious turf wars have spread out from the inner cities and now affect even the most rural communities. The day-to-day impact of organised crime on our lives has never been greater. In GANGS, award-winning author Tony Thompson takes us on a gripping journey into the underworld. From Triad human traffickers in Dover and ecstasy factor owners in Liverpool, to Albanian vice barons in London and gun-toting teenage crack dealers in Birmingham, GANGS reveals the inside story of contemporary organised crime.

Gangs of Britain - The Gripping True Stories of the Faces Who Run Britain's Organised Crime


Author: Wensley Clarkson
Publisher: John Blake Publishing
ISBN: 1784185299
Category: True Crime
Page: 300
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Today's gangsters are streets apart from the old-style gang lords of the Fifties and Sixties. The godfathers of old were seen by many as a stabilising influence. Their power inspired respect and they well and truly kept the underworld in check. The 21st century gangs of Britain are far more shady.Their brutality has spread far and wide and they live and thrive in our midst, on the streets and in suburbs where ordinary folk live. The creeping tentacles of crime have never stretched further. Organised crime is now worth more than GBP 10 billion in Britain every year. The old crimes of prostitution and extortion are being dropped in favour of multi-million pound drug deals, bringing gangsters more money and power than they've ever known. It is a cut-throat industry that is conducted in the shadows and driven solely by profit.Acclaimed true crime author Wensley Clarkson has met many of Britain's richest and most powerful gangs. In this fascinating and gripping account, he provides an extraordinary insight into these feared characters and takes us on a journey into the dark and glamorous underworld that seems to prove that, for many gangs, crime really does pay.This book reveals the activities of these gangs to the world, exposing such underworld legends as Kenneth Noye and the Adams family, who hold continuing fascination with lovers of true crime. Wensley Clarkson has a die-hard fan base that buys literally everything that he writes. His investigation leads to the shocking conclusion that crime is the third biggest industry in the UK, subsidising even legitimate businesses.

Gang War


Author: Peter Walsh
Publisher: Milo Books Ltd
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: N.A
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Gangs of London

100 Years of Mob Warfare
Author: Brian Mcdonald
Publisher: Milo Books Ltd
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: N.A
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'Lifts the lid on London gangs of the last two centuries' THE WEEKLY NEWS 'Lays bare the truth behind the capital's underworld far before the Krays and the Richardsons became well known' THE WHARF 'Incredible real-life tales' SOUTHWARK NEWS Long before the Kray twins, London was plagued by gang warfare as vicious as anything that was to come. From the 19th century onwards, violent mobs fought pitched battles for territory and local pride. The Bethnal Green Boys hunted Hackney's Broadway Boys, Clerkenwell took on Somers Town, the Red Hands prowled Deptford and the Silver Hatchets terrorised Islington, while the police and judiciary seemed powerless to stop them. The first-ever history of these intriguing street mobs traces them from Jonathan Wild, the archetype for Dickens' Fagin, to sprawling super-gangs like the Titanic and the Elephant Boys. It tells the bloody story of the racecourse wars, when Darby Sabini and Billy Kimber slugged it out for control of gambling pitches, and of such big hitters as George Sage, the guv'nor of Camden Town, Dodger Mullins and the McDonald brothers. Eventually these local 'firms' spawned notorious gangsters such as Jack Spot, Billy Hill and Johnny Carter, who carved out organised crime rackets across the capital. Gangs of London is a riveting journey through the dark underbelly of one of the world's great cities.

The Cartel

The Inside Story of Britain's Biggest Drugs Gang
Author: Graham Johnson
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1780572840
Category: Social Science
Page: 288
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A global workforce. Billions in sales. But, unlike Tesco or BP, few have heard of it. The Cartel is Britain’s biggest drugs organisation, a shadowy network stretching from the freezing, fog-banks of the Mersey to the glittering marinas of Marbella, from the coffee shops of Amsterdam to the trading floors of Canary Wharf. Run by godfathers as rich as Branson but kept in line by a new generation of teenage killers. Here is the inside story.

Young Guns

Inside the Violent World of Britain's Street Gangs
Author: Steve Hackman
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781903854921
Category: Gang members
Page: 272
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Teenage killings and gang violence seem to dominate the headlines. Across the nation, young lives are being lost or destroyed by knives and guns and communities are held in a grip of fear as rival crews fight for bloody supremacy. But how much do the public really know about Britain's street gangs? Who are they, how do they operate and what leads them to pursue the lives they do? With first hand research among gang members, Young Guns chronicles the new generation of violent gangstas in towns and cities across the UK.

Alice Diamond and the Forty Elephants

The Female Gang That Terrorised London
Author: Brian McDonald
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781908479846
Category: Female offenders
Page: 304
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The Forty Elephants were unique in the annals of British crime. Known also as the Forty Thieves, they were the country's only all-female crime syndicate, a gang of tough but glamorous women who plundered the fashion stores and jewel shops of the West End. They were led to infamy by Alice Diamond and were 'notorious for their good looks, fine stature, and smart clothing' as well as for stealing the most expensive gems and clothes. Crime historian Brian McDonald has uncovered a wealth of material to write the first ever full-length account of these remarkable women.

Guns and Gangs

The Inside Story of the War on our Streets
Author: Graeme McLagan
Publisher: Allison & Busby
ISBN: 0749015888
Category: True Crime
Page: 304
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An unprecedented investigation into the shocking realities of gun crime on Britain's streets. Guns and Gangs lifts the lid on a hugely important modern-day problem - an expensive problem both in terms of money and young lives. After terrorism, the single greatest worry for law enforcement agencies is gun crime, and in particular 'black on black' shooting. McLagan has had exclusive access to police files and case histories. Alongside his findings from these records are interviews with police officers, victims and their families, witnesses, lawyers and perpetrators of gun crime. The result is a unique, fascinating and horrifying exposé of the disturbing truth behind this plague on our streets.

The Gangs of New York

An Informal History of the Underworld
Author: Herbert Asbury
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307388980
Category: History
Page: 366
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Traces the history of the gangs that once terrorized the Bowery, Hell's Kitchen, and Five Points sections of New York, and offers brief profiles of the most influential gang leaders, including Dandy Johnny Dolan, Kit Burns, and Edward Delaney. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.

Inside the Crips

Life Inside L.A.'s Most Notorious Gang
Author: Ann Pearlman,Colton Simpson
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1466860995
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 352
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Inside the Crips is the memoir of the author Colton Simpson's life as a Crip--beginning at the tender age of ten in the mid-seventies--and his prison turnaround nearly twenty-five years later. Colton ("C-Loc") Simpson calls himself the only gang member ever allowed to quite the Crips--and one of the few to survive into his thirties. Simpson--son of a ballplayer for the California Angels and a mother who was relentlessly rough with her sons after their fathers left her--became a gang member at ten. Inside The Crips tells the remarkable--and at the same time, all too common--story of gang life in the 1980s in immediate and descriptive prose that makes this book a gripping true-life read. Inside The Crips covers the rush that comes from participating in gang violence and the years-long wars between the Bloods and Crips. Simpson's story also puts the reader in the middle of the struggle between the Crips and corrections officers in Calipatria prison. It covers gang life from the mid-seventies to the mid-nineties, and introduces characters it's impossible not to care about: Simpson's fellow gangbanger Smile; and Gina, the long-suffering friend and mother of two sons who married Simpson in prison.

Soul Crew


Author: David Jones,Tony Rivers
Publisher: Milo Books Ltd
ISBN: N.A
Category: True Crime
Page: N.A
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The Cardiff Soul Crew are recognised by police intelligence officers as the most violent football hooligan gang currently active in Britain. Their 400-plus members have been involved in mass disorder at matches for more than twenty-five years. Yet they have largely escaped the notoriety of their English counterparts - until now. Two men closely involved with the gang tell its history from its origins through to the present day: their leaders, their fashions, how they organise and who they fight. Soul Crew relates how an infamous clash with Manchester United's Red Army in the mid-Seventies was the impetus for the formation of the mob. A core group of hardcases from the tough Docks area of Cardiff was joined by alienated, unemployed youths from the valleys and former pit villages of South Wales. They took their name from their love of soul music and adopted the casual fashion of designer-label clothes. In time they would fight fierce battles with rivals like the Frontline Crew, the Bushwhackers, the Gooners and the Central Element. Soul Crew also reveals for the first time the network of alliances and communications between the leading hooligans around the country: the so-called "Category C" thugs who organise much of the violence. And it tells of their cat-and-mouse relationship with the police spotters who now follow them everywhere Soul Crew is the best evocation yet of life running with a soccer mob.

The Cartel


Author: Don Winslow
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
ISBN: 0525436510
Category: Fiction
Page: 768
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A sequel to "The Power of the Dog" finds a drug lord's prison transfer to Mexico upsetting a precarious balance of peace and forcing a DEA agent to come out of retirement to stop the ensuing violence.

Gang Wars of London - How the Streets of the Capital Became a Battleground


Author: Wensley Clarkson
Publisher: John Blake Publishing
ISBN: 1784184993
Category: True Crime
Page: 300
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Gang Wars of London charts the development of organised crime in the capital since 1945, from the post-war street gangs to the drug barons, cyber criminals and terrorists that threaten our safety today.The underworld has thrived for more than half a century but it appears the capital has now entered its most deadly phrase, as vicious gangs from all over the globe are making this city their home. They will do anything to get what they want and challenge anyone who gets in their way: police, civilians or each other.Here, for the first time, is an up-to-date and in-depth account of London's current crime epidemic that threatens to destroy the very fabric of our capital city.

Hood Rat


Author: Gavin Knight
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 144720400X
Category: True Crime
Page: 256
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BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK SHORTLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE 2012 SHORTLISTED FOR THE CRIME WRITERS ASSOCIATION NON-FICTION DAGGER AWARD ‘THE MOST IMPORTANT CRIME STORY OF THE DECADE’ Scottish Mail Manchester. London. Glasgow. In the summer of 2011 violence erupted in our inner cities and many blamed gang culture. But is the truth so simple? Hood Rat tells the human stories that the media miss: of young men who have fallen through the system, and of one young woman with a vision for change. ‘Unflinching. It penetrates environments that most of us only ever glimpse’ Observer ‘Impressive. Knight uncovers the sort of stories that never make the news’ Scotsman ‘This British sensation is a must. Disturbingly compelling’ Marie Claire ‘A gripping novelistic immersion in the lives of young criminals’ Louis Theroux ‘The British Wire’ BBC Radio 5 Live