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Hya all, been catchin up on what i've missed past while and....phew!!! Great stuff! Also would like to add Congratulations to the Ferris Conspiracy Team regards the new E-Zine magazine, looking forward to reading !! Oh n Admin...Missed Ya! ..xxxsteeleyma,...p.s...wer's awe the forumites gawn???...

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HI steeleyma, Thank you for the views you gave in relation to both the ferrisconspiracy team & the new E-Zine magazine.

 

As for the other formites I do believe they were using unconfirmed email addresses (Not all) and as as result our new email verification system may have flushed them out.

 

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Hya all, been catchin up on what i've missed past while and....phew!!! Great stuff! Also would like to add Congratulations to the Ferris Conspiracy Team regards the new E-Zine magazine, looking forward to reading !! Oh n Admin...Missed Ya! ..xxxsteeleyma,...p.s...wer's awe the forumites gawn???...


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Oasis frontman acts the gangster as he signals career switch

By Ian Herbert, North of England Correspondent  

For a man who once publicly admitted carrying out burglaries and stealing car radios, Liam Gallagher's latest incarnation sounds like a role sent from heaven.

For a man who once publicly admitted carrying out burglaries and stealing car radios, Liam Gallagher's latest incarnation sounds like a role sent from heaven.

The Oasis singer is poised to make his big screen debut in a movie as one of his home town's most notorious criminals, a convicted Salford gangland boss.

Gallagher is understood to have held meetings in Scotland with the makers of a £1.2m film about the convicted gunrunner Paul Ferris, in which Robert Carlyle is widely expected to take the lead role.

Gallagher's role is of Paul Massey, a Ferris associate who is serving a 14-year stretch at the Frankland Prison, Co Durham, after stabbing a rival in the groin, severing an artery and leaving him for dead.

Ferris' biographer, Reg McKay, confirmed the singer, aged 32, had expressed interest in the role. He added that Massey, who was extradited to Britain from Amsterdam after leaving Manchester after the stabbing, was enthusiastic about Gallagher's involvement. "He believes he has the menace and the presence [to play him] and, even better, he is a Manchester boy," Mr McKay said.

Gallagher's enthusiasm about tasting the film success enjoyed by his ex-wife, Patsy Kensit, may have been nurtured by a close friendship that he and his brother Noel share with the Welsh actor, Rhys Ifans. It has already prompted reports of his interest in a role in The Manana Man, another British film based on James Birrell's novel, which focuses on the effect a death has on a group of friends.

If the critical response to Ferris' biography was anything to go by, the Massey role will be the more controversial of the two. Such was the indignation about Ferris cashing in on his criminal past that questions about the book - The Ferris Conspiracy - were raised in the Scottish parliament.

Ferris survived years in Glasgow's gangland by working for Arthur Thompson, one of its most notorious crime lords. After one of Scotland's longest-running criminal trials, he was later acquitted of killing Arthur Thompson Jnr, his boss' son. But he later served a seven- year jail sentence for selling sub-machine guns and has had a reported £30,000 price on his head from former associates.

Robert Carlyle's discussions with the film's backers - including the London-based BMG, who are said to have paid Ferris a six-figure sum - were held at Glasgow's Devonshire Gardens Hotel in January. Ferris said Carlyle "asked me if it would glamorise violence".

The film star was told it would not. "The film is about keeping it real. It's about bullying I suffered as a youngster and police corruption," said Ferris.

The Massey part in the film - which goes under the working title of The Apprentice - would cast Gallagher as a man who, 13 years ago, was branded a "Mr Big" in Salford's council chamber, where he became the subject of discussions about civil disturbances. Paul Massey vehemently denied suggestions he was linked with local unrest and threatened to sue if the claims were repeated.

But his track record also reveals some subtleties that may appeal to Gallagher. In his determination to keep heroin off the Salford estates, Massey once had stickers put on lampposts warning smack dealers that they risked being "smacked". His clout has been recognised by criminal gangs in Britain and in the past he has been called in to mediate between feuding factions.

The ultimate test for Gallagher, a Manchester City fan, will be sticking to Massey's footballing stripes. The convict is a Manchester United fan and, wears their colours with pride.

Singers turned actors

ELVIS PRESLEY

Starred in 31 films between 1956 and 1969, a number of which were tied in with his singles. The films were a box office success but did not receive critical appreciation, and reviews condemned him as a singer who should have stuck to doing what he did best

STING

Landed his debut acting role as Ace in Quadrophenia in 1979. He went on to appear in Dennis Potter's Brimstone and Treacle, and appeared in the 1984 film Dune, as well as Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels in 1998, with some credit

CHER

She became one of the most successful singers to turn to acting. Her role in Mask in 1984 was received to great critical acclaim and she was awarded the Cannes Film Festival best actress prize, followed by an Academy Award for her part in Moonstruck

MADONNA

Following a well-received debut in Desperately Seeking Susan, she embarked on a run of big-screen disasters, earning five Golden Raspberry awards for worst actress including worst actress of the century. She had some success in Evita

EMINEM

Starting out as a rapper, he starred in the film, 8 Mile in 2002, a semi-autobiographical tale of a young rapper. While his acting surprised the critics and the film was a box office hit, some reviews felt it was just another fictionalised star biopic

DOLLY PARTON

She turned to acting in the Eighties, most notably and successfully with the hit, 9 to 5. She also appeared in films including the Burt Reynolds musical, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas in 1982 and the comedy, Rhinestone, two years later


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BLOODY WAR OF VENGEANCE; Ferris and Godfather's bitter feud.(News)


Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland); 7/29/1998; Smith, Anna

In the final part of our series, Chief Reporter ANNA SMITH tells how gangster Paul Ferris's `brothers' were killed in a Mafia-style revenge attack. Ferris spoke to TV director and writer Gus McAuley. The Record has not paid Ferris

As with the Italian Mafia, the Glasgow "mafia" liked to settle all its family business on the eve of a funeral.

Late one night in September 1991, Arthur Thompson Jnr was gunned down while he visited his father's lavishly-converted council house, nicknamed The Ponderosa.

As the Thompson family prepared to bury their ruthless gangster son, the revenge plot was already well underway.

Four weeks after Arthur was killed, Bobby Glover and Joe "Bananas" Hanlon, the two Glasgow hoods suspected of being involved in his murder, were assassinated by a hitman.

On the morning of September 18, 1991, their bloodstained bodies were found slumped in a car outside the Cottage Bar in Shettleston.

They had been shot in the head, then dumped there by the contract killer.

Ferris - a close associate of the two - is convinced the bodies were taken to a back room at the Caravel Bar, in nearby Barlanark, where members of the Thompson family were waiting.

Ferris said: "This was so members of the Thompson family could see for themselves that the contract had been carried out. And then as a final despicable act of revenge, another round of bullets was fired into the bodies.

"That is why the Caravel Bar was hastily bulldozed - because a thorough forensic investigation of the back room would have revealed to all what some of us had long known but could not prove. That even after death, the bodies of Bobby and Joe had been hideously abused."

It was widely believed, and still is, in the criminal world, that Paul Ferris was the man who shot Arthur Thompson Jnr and that Glover and Hanlon were with him that night.

Whether it was true or not, Hanlon and Glover paid the price. But Ferris, a man who thrived on his quest for power and money, escaped revenge because he was locked up in Shotts jail on remand for a knee-capping.

His two closest associates had died the way they lived - the Goodfellas- style movie they had been "starring" in came to a sudden and bloody end.

Their murders brought to a head years of bitter rivalry and in-fighting among the factions within Glasgow's criminal fraternity.

Long before the killing of Arthur Jnr, Ferris had drifted away from the Thompsons and was building an evil empire to rival theirs, using a combination of drugs and terror.

He had turned his back on the Thompsons after he was arrested and, he claims, fitted up for drugs charges in Rothesay. He believed that he was set up by police who had been tipped off by the Thompsons. Ferris was later acquitted on the drugs charges, but jailed for possession of a shotgun.

FERRIS said: "Over the previous few months, I had committed numerous acts of violence upon the chosen - those individuals who were unfortunate enough to have offended the Thompsons in one way or another.

"And for that I was now being seen as uncontrollable - a danger to the cause. In fact, I was just cutting the grass as asked. But my time had come and I was being taken out."

After his release, the bitterness deepened. Ferris was now living mostly in London, where he built up contacts in the drugs world.

But occasionally he returned home and, if a chance presented itself to damage the Thompsons, he would take it. He tells of the day he and his associate Tam Bagan mowed down Arthur Thompson Snr in their car.

He said: "One day as Tam and I were driving along Provanmill Road, who should we spot but the old man himself? As matters between us were becoming rather fraught, we decided to pull up and have a word.

"At that, the old b***** clocked us and reached into his jacket inside pocket. If it was for a gun, we had no time to lose for this old sod would have pulled the blasted trigger.

"There was now only one course open. Ramming on the gas, we mounted the pavement - right over the top of him.

"We drove a little down the road before screeching to a halt. We quickly turned the car around and came bombing back up to road for a repeat prescription.

"Why not just finish him off now, we thought. So on our return we repeatedly shunted the car over Thompson in a desperate bid to squeeze the last gasp of Judas breath out of his body."

To cover their tracks, Bagan took a gun from his own pocket and fired it into the windscreen, then left it at Thompson's side, so it would look as though he had started the incident by firing at people.

But Thompson survived and the gang conflict spiralled into a bloody war.

As the shootings and tit-for-tat beatings continued, Arthur Thompson Jnr was murdered as he visited his father's house during a pass from jail.

It was meant to be a "frightener", a ploy to make him scared. He was shot on the backside, and his assailants sat in the car laughing when he fell.

It was only later that night that they learned the bullet had travelled upwards and fatally to his heart. The smiles soon disappeared, for the implications were deadly.

Ferris was arrested when he arrived from London to answer a traffic offence. The case was adjourned and he and Glover were arrested and questioned over the murder of Thompson.

To hold them, they charged them with kneecapping another gangster called William Gillen. But Glover was released, while Ferris was remanded.

Ferris's last memory of Glover is him singing Mack The Knife as they sat in the cells below the court.

Ferris said: "It just seemed to me that it was one of those inspired happenings that perfectly suited the moment. A stab in the back.

"Time would soon tell us how poignant that short suspended passage of borrowed time actually was. It was the last time I'd hear Bobby's voice."

THE brutal contract killings of Glover and Hanlon are the stuff of gangland legend, and every hoodlum has a different theory as to who murdered them.

The Thompsons wanted revenge. Another Glasgow godfather working with the Thompsons had the means and will to do it.

Glover and Hanlon had been lured to their deaths by a prisoner on the run who asked Glover to help him with money. A meeting was arranged, but Glover's car was off the road and Hanlon obliged with his car.

But Ferris and others insist there was police involvement.

Glover and Hanlon were under 24-hour surveillance as suspects in the Thompson murder. So where were the police the night they died?

Murder suspects of such high profile would be tailed at all times. But where was the tail?

Ferris claims the senior officer who was in charge of Strathclyde Police Surveillance Team was seen years later wearing a black tie at the funeral of Arthur Thompson Snr. There are Featurespaper pictures of the policeman apparently wiping a tear.

Ferris said: "If he was in charge of the surveillance team, then it would, in my book, go a long way to establishing how the police at that time managed to lose Bobby and Joe.

"Whoever had the confidence to drive Joe's distinctive blue Ford Orion car back to the Caravel Bar that night with their bodies lying in the back of the car they had just been shot in, knew only too well that he must have been under surveillance.

"So there is no doubt in my mind that there has been an element of police involvement. It was either in escorting the bodies to and from the chosen venues, or informing certain individuals of the actual whereabouts of Bobby and Joe at crucial times in their itinerary that night."

Circumstantial evidence points to a Glasgow godfather who despised Ferris, Glover and Hanlon.

Glover's wife Eileen, frantic when he didn't return home, phoned the godfather only to be told that he too was out. However, shortly afterwards, the gang boss turned up at her home and told her that Bobby had been shot.

But at that point, police never even knew for sure who the dead bodies were in the car at the Cottage Bar.

Ferris said: "What I would dearly love an answer to is this: How did he know at that time it was Joe Hanlon's car, but more importantly that Bobby and Joe had been shot when the word as yet was not out in the street?

"Normally the bodies would be taken to the morgue and families called for identification. But before this procedure could be applied, Eileen Glover knew of Bobby's fate because this man knew before the examining authorities. He was in pole position to tell her."

It is highly unlikely that anyone will ever be brought to trial for the murders of Glover and Hanlon but, as police say, their files remain open.

When Ferris learned of their fate while on remand in jail, he wept like a baby. His words belie the fact that he had spent years stabbing and shooting other men.

Ferris says: "My lawyer visited me and told me of the tragic deaths of Bobby and Joe - my friends, my brothers.

"It wasn't until much later, in the stillness and solitude of the night, that the shocking realisation of his carefully chosen words released a stirring latent emotion that had unknowingly been building up inside me.

"I never imagined for one minute that any human being could have shed so many tears. I was so deeply hurt that I cried throughout the night, and even to his day can hardly put into words my exact feelings.

"It is a moment of dread and destruction that I will never forget. Nor will I ever forget those who had Bobby and Joe killed. That's for sure."

While in jail awaiting trial for the murder of Arthur Thompson Jnr, Ferris worked extensively on his defence.

AFTER 54 days, and 300 witnesses, Ferris walked free at the High Court on the 12th June 1992 in Glasgow after a jury found him not guilty. On the steps of the court he spoke of the injustice of it all and of the many prisoners wrongly convicted.

Ferris was back on the streets. Now only one man remained who had to be eliminated - Arthur Thompson Snr.

A plot to murder the old man was foiled when English hitmen were arrested by police in London who found pounds 50,000 in cash and a revolver on one man who had travelled from Glasgow by train.

A search of the compartment he had travelled in found a hold-all, a sawn- off shotgun, and photographs of Arthur Thompson Snr with circles round his head.

Despite this setback, the plot to murder Thompson went ahead weeks later. But on the fateful night when he was to be shot as he entered the Windsor pub in Glasgow, Thompson failed to show.

Instead, he died in his bed of a heart attack.

Twenty years of brutality and corruption were brought to an end through natural causes. No final blaze of glory as he crashed bullet-ridden to the floor.

Gone was the man who would do anything to protect his empire. Others were only too ready to step into his shoes.

Ferris, with contacts in London and Manchester, was growing in stature in the criminal world. But he needed the heavy artillery required to run such an empire.

In the end, it was his downfall.

He was arrested in May last year with one of London's most notorious criminals. And he was jailed last week for gun-running.

It will be a long time before he will ever see daylight.


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Ferris fixed it for me; Football star tells how gangsters cropped up as he lived the high life - and the low.(Features)


Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland); 8/15/2003

 

FRANK McAvennie sat with head in hands in his cell in Durham Prison and waited to take his medicine.

Rarely had the jail had such a famous inmate and time would tell how other prisoners would react. He feared the worst.

Then it arrived. Printed in large letters on the back of the envelope were the words:

Paul Ferris

PD 1510

HM Prison Frankland

Brasside

Durham DH1 5YD.

In an instant, Macca knew he would be looked after and left alone during his time on remand.

He and co-accused Michael Edwards were waiting to face charges for conspiracy to supply amphetamines and ecstasy.

But at least he knew he was in no danger while languishing inside with some of Britain's toughest cons.

Notorious gangster and passionate Celtic fan Ferris had met McAvennie socially on a couple of occasions and, as he read the letter, the star breathed a huge sigh of relief.

Frank said: "I'd known a few guys who had done time and they told me how folk who were well- known were singled out for a bad time by bitter screws or mental prisoners.

"What about my association with Celtic? Just because this was England, there were still bound to be people who took exception to that."

But it wasn't long before he was put at ease. He said: "The letters were opened of course and read.

"Everybody had heard of Paul. Not only had he grabbed the headlines in Scotland for years as allegedly the man who ran organised crime, he had also been nabbed for gun- running in London and was serving a sentence in the top security jail nearby.

"Paul is a small, fresh-faced, smart kind of guy who looks nothing like a gangster.

"He writes the same way - articulate and polite - and was just sending his support and good advice about how to get through the jail time.

"So, whatever the screws were expecting, they didn't get. What I didn't know till a long time later was that Paul had put the signal out through the prison grapevine that I was an OK guy who was a friend of his.

"So maybe there had been one or two folk in Durham jail who fancied a pop at me but thought better. Who knows?"

Three weeks later, he was released on bail and subsequently cleared of the charges at Newcastle Crown Court.

Ferris had come to his rescue some years earlier during a night out in London, when Macca was dating Page 3 girl Jenny Blyth.

He explained: "One night, Jenny and I ended up at a function on this boat on the Thames. I hate to admit it but it was the launch of The Chippendales. You can safely assume that Jenny wanted to go, not me.

"Jenny was dancing with this guy we didn't know but who had been standing close to us all night. The bloke starts getting too friendly and his hands are all over Jenny.

"When her efforts to tell him to cut it out clearly weren't working, I jumped in, grabbed him by the collar and threatened to throw him overboard if he didn't stop immediately.

"All these guys around me started laughing hysterically. I wondered what was so funny till I caught a clear look at one.

"I'd thought I had recognised him earlier but couldn't quite place him. London is like that.

"Then it clicked, it was Paul Ferris, the young, baby-faced guy who was credited with running most of the organised crime in Glasgow.

"The guys with him were also beginning to fit into place as members of some of London's top crime families. The bloke who had been taking liberties with Jenny was clearly one of them, was probably carrying a gun and had a profession which was something to do with inflicting pain.

"If I had tried to throw him overboard, chances are I'd have ended up wearing the bloody boat.

"Thankfully, my stance was appreciated by the guys. That and the fact that most of them were West Ham supporters and young Paul was a lifelong Celtic fan.

"The b*****s had known who I was all along. There was no more hassle and we had a good night in their company.

"Ever since, I've been on good terms with Paul Ferris. What I couldn't know that night was that it was to prove extremely useful to me in later years."

Ferris wasn't the only gangster McAvennie ran into during his career.

When he arrived in London in the mid-80s, the boy from Milton in Glasgow rarely recognised the people who wanted to buy him drinks all night.

His fame increased after an appearing on Terry Wogan's BBC 1 chat show - suddenly his face was everywhere.

Macca said: "I quickly learned that the media don't give up and started getting snapped as I headed to and from the pubs.

"Then there were the invitations. One of the most enjoyable was an appearance on the set of EastEnders.

"It was a set-up to promote the programme against the backdrop of the Queen Vic. I played headers with Leslie Grantham. We hit it off almost immediately, and I made lasting friendships with him and other actors such as Michelle Collins and Nick Berry.

"One night, I was invited to a dinner in honour of some guy I hadn't heard of. To be polite, I went along - never being slow to turn down a boozing session.

"It was one of the most welcoming crowds I've been in. Everyone knew who I was and introduced themselves as Tony, Joe, Dave, Kate and Frankie. Big West Ham fans I reckoned.

"It wasn't till later that someone asked me if I knew who I had been jollying with. Yeah, of course I did. It was Tony, Joe, Dave and so on.

"The bloke shook his head, smiled and gave me their full names. Tony Lambrianou, Joe Pyle, Dave Courtney and Frankie Fraser - some of the leading gangsters in London.

"These people were courteous, welcoming and warm. They reminded me of Glasgow hardmen, but with cockney accents.

"They would do me just fine. They were great company and their morals were spot on - unlike some women I was about to meet."


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I would just like to thank Mr Ferris for a fantastic website that speaks the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Thank you.
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We do try our best to be as accurate as possible and report the FACTS.

 

Thank you for the feedback and will pass on your post to Paul.

 

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23 June 2006
THIS BOOKS HAS GIVEN ME NIGHTMARES
He's sold nearly 1m books, but Reg McKay says this is the first to give him sleepless nights.
 
You can read it only in the Daly Record tomorrow.
By Annie Brown

THE new crime book from Reg McKay was so harrowing to write that for the first time in his career he experienced nightmares.

For almost a year he has been immersed in the bloody world of Murder Capital, his new book of "life and death on the streets of Glasgow".

Reg said: "It was a hard book to write. For months I was totally engrossed in nothing but murder.

"The intensity and longevity of that was making me wish I was writing a bodice ripper instead. At times I just wanted a break."

Sadly Glasgow has been living up to its brutal reputation and earned the notoriety of being the murder capital of Europe.

The city has a higher murder rate than Belfast, with 63 victims per million people compared to 23 for the whole of Scotland.

Reg's new book, his 12th, tells the murderous tales which lie behind the cold and shocking statistics.

And tomorrow the Daily Record will publish the first in a series of extracts from it.

It features 30 true stories and a total of 80 murders, half of which are scrutinised in detail.

Reg said: "I chose Glasgow because it has the most horrendous murder record. The only places worse are those where law and order have broken down."

Should anyone contest Glasgow's infamous label, Reg suggests they peruse the lengthy list of killings he omitted.

He said: "The problem was not what to include, but what to leave out in a bloody 20-year history.

"I disregarded all the big time, high publicity murders that had been written about ad nauseam.

"Some of the murders have previously been given no coverage at all."

The chapter headings reveal a variety of crimes as diverse as the city itself.

They range from Femme Fatales, Child Killers, Sex Killers to Kids Who Kill and Thrill Killers.

He also devotes a chapter to unsolved murders.

Reg said: "My task was to ask what murder is really about in Glasgow. I think the book will open the public's eyes.

"You do get organised hits but not as many as you think. You get a wide range of other murders and all social classes are represented.

"You also get horrendous deaths which have been quietly written off as suicides or whatever but were actually murder."

Killings by first offenders with often the most minor of motives also feature.

Reg is now working on his 13th book, which will also be his second with crime lord Paul Ferris and will feature Scotland's greatest villains.

He denies his work glorifies crime and suggests the first step towards tackling any problem is to learn about it.

Certainly his books are popular and almost one million have dropped off the shelves.

He is a national best seller and his publishers Black and White credit him greatly for their healthy balance sheet.

Asda is now a stockist.

To Reg, it's no wonder his books are popular.

He said: "People, especially law-abiding people, have always been intrigued by what life is like at the edge because it tells us all something about human nature and ourselves."

Reg, the son of a railway worker, had wanted to write since he was eight. He taught himself to read by the age of four with titbits from gossip magazines hidden under the cushions of his parents' couch. Originally from Keith in Banffshire, he was a child rebel heading for borstal until the family moved to Govan, in Glasgow.

He recalled: "On my first day at school, there were two guys in the playground, chopping lumps out of each other with meat cleavers. "Now I was a bit wild then but a cleaver fight at 8.55am?"

Rather than compete with a whole different breed of trainee criminal he decided education would drag him from the mire.

A natural academic, he earned a degree at Glasgow University until eventually weaving his way in to social work.

He planned to stay in the job for only two years but a tragedy compelled him to stay.

Two little girls in his case load were killed in a fire while their mother was visiting a neighbour.

He admitted: "There wasn't anything I could have done differently but I felt after that I had to stay and try and make a difference.

"That incident haunts me to this day."

His rise to become Director of Social Work for Argyll and Bute was meteoric but its petty local politics frustrated him.

One morning as he was shaving for work he realised he had to change his life.

He announced to his wife Gerry that he wanted to pack it all in and become a writer.

"Do it then," she said.

The climb to the top of the bestseller list hasn't been easy though. There were empty pockets and a hocked Jaguar.

But a correspondence with Paul Ferris in jail and what has become an enduring friendship would put him on the list of those the underworld would trust.

Reg said: "When word got around the street that Ferris trusted me, players came to the door and shared all sorts of information."

The unsavoury characters who visit him in the large flat he shares with his wife and white fluffy cat, include murderers, gangsters and rapists.

But many of his sources are also victims of crimes or relatives of the murdered.

He said: "The vast majority of people who agree to meet with me are so candid, it's painful.

"They will paint a picture of their world, in their own language, which will bring it alive for me.

"They are remarkably co-operative because they trust me not to use the information they give me against them. I would never reveal my sources. It is not my job to solve crimes but to write about them."

It is the calibre of his sources which Reg attributes the credibility of his tales to.

In writing about Glasgow he has learned much about what has made it a murder capital but ultimately there are more questions than there can ever be answers.

At the root, he believes, is a Glasgow founded on poverty and heavy industry and the hard-drinking, hard-bitten culture that comes with that.

Reg predicted: "Glasgow is going to be one of the most murderous places in Europe for at least two generations.

"I don't know what solves that but I know it's not going to be knee-jerk reactions from politicians.

"Locking people up and throwing away the key isn't a solution.

"We need to look at the root causes and work at the problem from the street up.

"That's the only way you change a culture."

Murder Capital, Life and Death on the Streets of Glasgow by Reg McKay is published by Black and White, priced £9.99  

'My task was to ask what murder is really about in Glasgow. I think the book will open the public's eyes'


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I would like to give a great big thank you to Reg whom I now proudly call my friend. Reg is not your everyday writer but a true gentleman who is prepared to bring out the truth for the world to hear, no matter what the costs. There are few people in this day and age will take a chance, and publish true crimes of the various social classes of people that can be so easily forgotten by those higher up the ladder.

Reg you deserve to keep climbing higher in your career, and I have no doubt you will.

You gave our brother and friend Robert Power the respect he deserved when others tried to forget he existed. Robert would be so proud that you gave him your time, and to be in one of your books.

thank-you

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Hi gmac, I will email Reg and pass on your post.

 

May I also add my voice that Reg is indeed a very brave man and his partnership with Paul goes from strenth to strenth.

 

R.I.P. Robert Power.

 

 


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For the record (No pun intended) Paul Ferris has denied that Paul Kerr (RAT IN THE PARK) is a friend of his.

 

Mr Ferris claims that all will be revealed in his new book 'Villains' due for publication this October by Black & White publishing.

 

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9 July 2006
EXCLUSIVE: RAT IN THE PARK
Rock star brother in ticket swindle
By Billy Paterson

ROCK star Jim Kerr's brother was in hiding last night after conning T in the Park fans out of thousands of pounds.

Paul Kerr, 43, promised scores of people he would get them weekend passes for the gig, costing £110 each.

The Scot posed as a top promoter and boasted of his connections to his brother's band Simple Minds. He also claimed he worked for DF Concerts, who promote the sell-out event.

Kerr was supposed to hand over the gold-dust briefs to fans on Wednesday but never turned up.

After pocketing more than £5000, he has now vanished from his £200,000 rented flat in the southside of Glasgow.

Kerr, who claims to have been a tour manager for Simple Minds, is a friend of gun-runner Paul Ferris.

He tried to make a movie about the self-styled celebrity gangster, starring Robert Carlyle.

Eight years ago he was sentenced to two years in jail for a fire-bomb attack on the home of radio DJ John Darroch.

Last night, T in the Park bosses said they were aware of the scam and insisted Kerr had never worked for them. A spokesman said: "Paul Kerr is not employed - and has never been employed - by DF Concerts."

Yesterday, one of the fans ripped off by Kerr - construction worker Tony Crockwell - slammed the sick con.

Tony, 39, of Cambuslang, Glasgow, said: "I know of at least 15 people who have been affected.

"I asked for four tickets at £110 each. I promised my girlfriend's 18-year-old son a ticket.

"For me, it's not about the money. It's the fact he has ripped off all these young people for the sake of a quick buck.

"I'm sick to the stomach. It was terrible having to tell people there was never any tickets.

"People are upset and angry. If Paul ever comes back there is a lynch mob waiting for him."

Kerr began planning his moneymaking scheme after moving into his plush pad in the Muirend area of the city a year ago.

The father-of-two told several former school mates that he was still involved in the music industry.

One of them, a 43-year-old sales manager who did not wish to be named, said: "He said he was working for DF Concerts and was still a major player in the music industry.

"I just took him at his word and I had no reason to doubt him. My work colleague wanted four tickets for George Michael next year. Paul said he could get four so I handed over £100. I had still to receive them when he said he could get T in the Park tickets.

"I asked him to get me four. He was charging £110 a ticket, which he said was face value. He must have made more than £5000."

Kerr dressed in expensive clothes and bragged about having shares in his brother's hotel in Sicily.

He also claimed to be involved in a city-centre bar and a limousine firm to cultivate the image of a successful businessman.

Another victim, Kenneth Laird, 45, of Thornlie bank, Renfrewshire, a company director in the construction industry, said: "Paul boasted of his Simple Minds contacts and said he would have no problem getting the tickets.

"I handed over £330. I was supposed to get the tickets off him on Wednesday but when he didn't show and I discovered what had happened I was sickened." Last night, a friend of the Kerr family said: "They haven't seen him for three months."

Kerr was also embroiled in controversy in October when he tried to put new songs from leading Scots band El Presidente on to gangland pal Ferris' website ahead of their album launch.

The Sunday Mail tried to call his mobile phone last night but it was switched off.

 


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FERRIS PULLS A FAST ONE
M-way speed cameras scandal
 

NOTORIOUS gangster Paul Ferris is cashing in by protecting speed cameras on Scotland's busiest motorway.

Frontline Security who hire convicted gun runner Ferris as a 'consultant' have won a contract to guard M8 roadworks.

The disclosure of his link to the Government-backed project is set to cause major embarrassment to the Scottish Executive.

Glasgow-based Frontline were hired by English sub-contractors, who yesterday claimed to have no knowledge of his shady past.

Last night, a political insider said: 'The Executive can not escape any embarrassment over this one.

'The papers are full of reports about Frontline's bitter turf battles with rival security gangs.

'For them to be providing security for a Government project of this magnitude absolutely beggars belief.'

Frontline's signs have appeared on temporary cameras on the Edinburgh-Glasgow motorway, near the former Motorola plant in Livingston,West Lothian.

The cameras are trained on a stretch where the limit has been reduced to 40mph to allow work on a nearby bridge.

The bridge-strengthening project was ordered by the Executive.

It is understood that Frontline provide security for the whole roadworks site.

Construction giants Amey are the managing agent, with Edmund Nuttall Ltd the main contractor. A spokesman for Surrey-based Nuttall yesterday declined to tell the Record why they hired Frontline.

But a company insider said: 'We would look at standard issues such as price and past performance these would be the main criteria.

'I would imagine we would not be aware of the past record of a particular character.'

Ferris, 40, was freed from a seven-year sentence for gunrunning in 2002.

In 1992, he was cleared of the murder of Arthur 'Fat Boy' Thompson, son of the feared Glasgow crimelord Arthur senior.

After his release, Ferris vowed to turn his back on crime.

But he is still involved with Frontline, now run by managing director Jim Methven and company secretary Joseph Lilley.

One paid employee, Harry Young, previously fronted two security firms for Ferris.

Frontline's main line is to provide security on building sites. Heavies from the company recently clashed with a rival group over the right to guard a housing development in Alexandra Parade, Glasgow.

Last year, they shocked clients with Christmas cards showing 1920s Chicago mobsters.

On the cards, the firm's name was changed to Frontline Group Security (Chicago), with the words: 'London, Paris, New York, Rome, Berlin and Glasgow.'

They were criticised in January when it was revealed they were guarding Rosepark nursing home in Uddingston, Lanarkshire, where 14 pensioners died in a fire.

Relatives of the victims demanded to know why a firm linked to Ferris had been hired.

The security wars have seen a spate of fire attacks, beatings and threats at sites in Glasgow, Renfrewshire and Lanarkshire.

Ministers have vowed to refuse rogue firms a licence. But the licensing process will not be completed until 2005.

Yesterday, Frontline boss Jim Methven said he wanted the firm to move in a 'new, more professional direction'. But he said Paul Ferris remained a close associate.

Methven told the Record that the 10-12 week contract with Nuttall was worth around £9000. And he said the sign on the speed camera was there in error.

He added: 'A supervisor has moved it to a barrier to avoid confusion and to reflect that we are responsible for the whole of the roadworks site. Quite a few pieces of equipment had been stolen.'

A police spokeswoman said speed cameras at the roadworks were not managed by the force.

But last night, one police source said: 'The fact this firm have been handed this speed camera contract is just plain ridiculous.'


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For the record (No pun intended) Paul Ferris has denied that Paul Kerr (RAT IN THE PARK) is a friend of his.

 

Mr Ferris claims that all will be revealed in his new book 'Villains' due for publication this October by Black & White publishing.

 

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9 July 2006
EXCLUSIVE: RAT IN THE PARK
Rock star brother in ticket swindle
By Billy Paterson

ROCK star Jim Kerr's brother was in hiding last night after conning T in the Park fans out of thousands of pounds.

Paul Kerr, 43, promised scores of people he would get them weekend passes for the gig, costing £110 each.

The Scot posed as a top promoter and boasted of his connections to his brother's band Simple Minds. He also claimed he worked for DF Concerts, who promote the sell-out event.

Kerr was supposed to hand over the gold-dust briefs to fans on Wednesday but never turned up.

After pocketing more than £5000, he has now vanished from his £200,000 rented flat in the southside of Glasgow.

Kerr, who claims to have been a tour manager for Simple Minds, is a friend of gun-runner Paul Ferris.

He tried to make a movie about the self-styled celebrity gangster, starring Robert Carlyle.

Eight years ago he was sentenced to two years in jail for a fire-bomb attack on the home of radio DJ John Darroch.

Last night, T in the Park bosses said they were aware of the scam and insisted Kerr had never worked for them. A spokesman said: "Paul Kerr is not employed - and has never been employed - by DF Concerts."

Yesterday, one of the fans ripped off by Kerr - construction worker Tony Crockwell - slammed the sick con.

Tony, 39, of Cambuslang, Glasgow, said: "I know of at least 15 people who have been affected.

"I asked for four tickets at £110 each. I promised my girlfriend's 18-year-old son a ticket.

"For me, it's not about the money. It's the fact he has ripped off all these young people for the sake of a quick buck.

"I'm sick to the stomach. It was terrible having to tell people there was never any tickets.

"People are upset and angry. If Paul ever comes back there is a lynch mob waiting for him."

Kerr began planning his moneymaking scheme after moving into his plush pad in the Muirend area of the city a year ago.

The father-of-two told several former school mates that he was still involved in the music industry.

One of them, a 43-year-old sales manager who did not wish to be named, said: "He said he was working for DF Concerts and was still a major player in the music industry.

"I just took him at his word and I had no reason to doubt him. My work colleague wanted four tickets for George Michael next year. Paul said he could get four so I handed over £100. I had still to receive them when he said he could get T in the Park tickets.

"I asked him to get me four. He was charging £110 a ticket, which he said was face value. He must have made more than £5000."

Kerr dressed in expensive clothes and bragged about having shares in his brother's hotel in Sicily.

He also claimed to be involved in a city-centre bar and a limousine firm to cultivate the image of a successful businessman.

Another victim, Kenneth Laird, 45, of Thornlie bank, Renfrewshire, a company director in the construction industry, said: "Paul boasted of his Simple Minds contacts and said he would have no problem getting the tickets.

"I handed over £330. I was supposed to get the tickets off him on Wednesday but when he didn't show and I discovered what had happened I was sickened." Last night, a friend of the Kerr family said: "They haven't seen him for three months."

Kerr was also embroiled in controversy in October when he tried to put new songs from leading Scots band El Presidente on to gangland pal Ferris' website ahead of their album launch.

The Sunday Mail tried to call his mobile phone last night but it was switched off.

 

 

16 July 2006
I DON''T KERR
EXCLUSIVE Tin the refuses back his ark rat to pay victims
By Billy Paterson

SMUG T in the Park rat Paul Kerr basks in the sun after being tracked down to his bolthole by the Sunday Mail.

The brother of Simple Minds star Jim Kerr did a runner with more than £5000 of fans' ticket money after posing as an executive with promoters DF Concerts.

On Friday we caught up with Kerr at the Maritime Museum boat at Inveraray, Argyll.

The 43-year-old refused to accept he had done anything wrong and made the ludicrous claim that a Scots rock band had pocketed the cash.

Dressed all in black and wearing sunglasses, Kerr denied he was in hiding from furious victims and said he was "on hoilday".

He then tried to convince us he was a big shot who worked with El Presidente, Texas and Simple Minds and knew Glasgow gangsters Paul Ferris and Tam "The Licensee" McGraw.

He said: "I have cash and I don't need to make money in the way it has been suggested.

"I have the money to pay these people back if the person who really should be doing that doesn't. Who's the lynch mob looking for me?

"Just because I know people like Ferris and McGraw people slag me off."

The Sunday Mail revealed Kerr's T in the Park con last week. He promised scores of fans weekend passes for the event, costing £110 each.

But he pocketed the cash and fled without handing over the gold-dust briefs.

Last week, more victims came forward to reveal the con was not a one-off.

James Higgins, who owns Images hairdressing salon in Mount Florida, Glasgow, said: "I paid him £390 for tickets to Robbie Williams' and The Rolling Stones' gigs at Hampden in September. I also gave him a £250 loan."

Last week, rock star Jim revealed his sadness at Paul's trouble, saying: "Someone I love very much wrote a new chapter in their own sad story - a tale of utter self-destruction."

And last night, a former associate of Kerr added: "It is typical of Paul that he should blame everyone without looking at himself."


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I lift the lid on citys violent gangland; Former crimelord Paul Ferris has mixed with some of Liverpool's most dangerous criminals. Now he has written about their exploits Tony Barrett reports.(Features)

THE secrets of the Liverpool underworld are generally known only to those involved in crime and those trying to stop it Only a select group of insiders are privy to the kind of toecurling tales of violence and retribution for which the underworld gains its notoriety.

Glasgow crimelord Paul Ferris (now offically "retired" from "business" and going straight) has a unique insight into the Liverpool underworld having had dealings with the likes of Curtis Warren, John Haase, Paul Bennett and many other leading local criminals in the past and now he has revealed some, although tellingly, not all, of what he knows in his new book Vendetta.

"The point is, what I am trying to do is give readers a flavour of some of the things which have gone on," says Paul.

"It's like anything else, there is a thin line between telling a story and pointing the finger and in the circles which I've mixed in there is an unwritten code and I certainly don't want to be pointing the finger."

A convicted gun-runner and one-time suspect in some of Glasgow's most notorious crimes, Ferris, 41, has a reputation in the underworld for being uncompromising and unforgiving.

Judging by the contents of Vendetta he could soon earn a similar reputation for his writing.

Tackling issues such as the mysterious pardon of Haase and Bennett by then home secretary Michael Howard and the murder of Warren Selkirk at Crosby Marina, Ferris certainly couldn't be accused of pulling his punches.

"There are lots of things which have gone on that are still to come out and because of the position I am in, with my finger much closer to the pulse than most other people, it means I can give people a lot of the information which they have been denied, usually for political reasons," he says.

Ferris' interest in Liverpool stems from what he describes as the "shared spirit" of Liverpool and Glasgow, and also because he once shared business interests with various members of its criminal fraternity.

It is this sense of shared experience which fires Ferris' desire to know what is going on in Liverpool - a desire which led to him becoming an unofficial adviser on Donal MacIntyre's recently aired TV documentary on the Liverpool underworld.

Two cases which Ferris has paid particular attention to are the high profile affair involving Michael Howard and John Haase and the Warren Selkirk murder.

According to Ferris, the truth is still to emerge in both these cases.

As the man named in Parliament twice by Liverpool Walton MP Peter Kilfoyle in connection with the Haase affair, there can be little doubt the Glaswegian is ideally placed to comment on what went on.

His take on Haase and Bennett being pardoned from their 18year sentences for heroin trafficking is that something very strange must have happened behind the scenes at the home office and HM Customs.

"This was like Scotland winning the World Cup or me being invited to the Police Ball and accepting. It just didn't happen - not to guys like us," he insists.

"Michael Howard, the hardest home secretary in living memory, had just let two guilty men walk free.

"The politicians knew that something was very wrong with this royal pardon.

"In particular, it annoyed the hell out of Peter Kilfoyle, the local Labour MP, when his party was still in opposition."

The implication is Haase and Bennett were released for reasons of political expediency, and Ferris also comes to a similar conclusion about the conviction of fellow Glaswegian Ian McAteer for the murder of Warren Selkirk at Crosby Marina in October 1999.

"It is common knowledge that the fella they have got for the Selkirk murder did not do it. Even the dogs in the street know it up here. "But again, he is being kept inside because of politics and nothing else."

Ferris still has strong links with the Liverpool underworld even though he insists he has left criminality behind.

"Those days are in the past. There were those who thought Vendetta would glorify crime but, in reality, it's an anti-crime book, says Paul, who is to be played by Robert Carlyle in a forthcoming movie.

"One of the things it does is give out a few subliminal messages to some of the impressionable young lads that if they choose to follow a particular path they'll probably just end up facing a stretch of 20 years


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