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March 15th, 2005
‘Crime Capital: Paul Ferris fixed it for the gay burglar who raided Police HQ: Fettesgate’

THE cops were in big trouble.Their HQ at Fettes had been burgled.

Worse, the thief had taken highly sensitive files and documents. How were they going to face the public?

They decided to try to tough it out. Fat chance. The burglar, Derek Donaldson, was seeking advice from someone who was no friend to the cops.

Donaldson was a conman and gay – a bad combination since his crimes got him into jail where he was confronted with would-be gay-bashers.

In Shotts Prison, he was getting a hell of a time before fellow inmate Paul Ferris, former lieutenant of Glasgow Godfather Arthur Thompson, stepped in to stop the bullies.

Now, out of the blue in 1992, Donaldson contacted Ferris. He needed advice about some files.

He told Ferris: ‘I just brought some of the stuff, Paul. I think I’m in big trouble.’

Ferris scanned the material file by file. There were intimate details about a range of judges who sat in courts in and around Edinburgh.

It seemed some of these judges were gay and had been followed by cops when they went to gay parties.

Another file, named Operation Ulysses, targeted IRA supporters in Scotland and lawyers were named as having donated funds.

There were surveillance records of known UDA supporters and photographs of them visiting Belfast and being in the company of top UDA men.

Derek Donaldson was sitting on a goldmine or his death certificate – it depended on how he played it.

‘How the hell did you get this stuff?’ Ferris asked.Donaldson explained he’d had a long-term affair with a high- ranking married cop in Edinburgh.

The cop’s wife had found out and he’d broken off with Donaldson.

In a jealous rage, the forlorn lover had decided to break into the police HQ at Fettes to teach him a lesson. But he had stumbled on to high-risk material and now he was in big trouble.

‘Copy the lot,’ said Ferris. ‘Offer it out to the top people in Edinburgh. That’s point one.

‘Point two is lose the papers. Keep them secure as a bit of insurance but have sod all in your possession.

‘Point three is go to the media.

Mention the gay judges thing but f ** k all about the IRA and UDA supporters.

That’s too sensitive.

‘One way or another, the cops are going to find you.

‘You don’t want anything nasty going down. The best way is to speak out.’

Donaldson followed Ferris’s advice. All the major players in Edinburgh have photocopies of some or all of the files.

They paid well and it was worth every penny in getting certain cops off their backs.

Many have never been to jail since.


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This proves the cop asked Paul for the shotgun and more to follow so watch this space [comp][thumb][wave],588288 

Media proof of planting drugs during Paul's trial 1986,282938&dq=russell+stirton&hl=en 


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Exposed: Gangsters £10m drug plot.

Byline: Vivienne Aitken Exclusive 

THREE of Scotland's biggest gangsters are planning to flood the streets with more than pounds 10million worth of heroin and cocaine every month. 

Paul Ferris, David Santini and Ian "Blink" McDonald hope their first shipment will arrive in Glasgow in less than a week. 

The Daily Record has been given amazing details of the scam, one of the biggest of its kind ever mounted in Scotland. We are passing our dossier, and other information, to the police. 

Santini, Ferris and McDonald have made a deal with a Turkish gang who will smuggle the huge consignment of drugs into Britain. 

Scots crooks will collect the shipments from London, using AA or RAC rescue services as cover to throw police off the scent. 

Then the drugs will be prepared for sale at a "factory" in a converted warehouse outside Glasgow. Employees have been hired and machinery installed for the operation. 

Santini was freed from jail a month ago after serving half of an 11-year sentence for dealing pounds 1 million worth of heroin. He remains one of Glasgow's biggest drug barons, and his new venture is being seen as a bid to tighten his hold on the trade. 

But Santini's conviction cost him a lot of money, and he needed cash to finance his new operation. 

The money is being provided by Ferris, and McDonald is playing a leading role as Ferris's right hand man. 

The gang hope to make a pounds 7million profit every month. But police will have other ideas as they study the Record's dossier. 

Our investigators spoke to a source close to the Turkish end of the operation. He told us: "It is a hell of a lot of drugs. 

"With their past records, Ferris, Santini and McDonald are taking a huge risk. 

"But each of them has made sure they are two or three people away from the actual handling of the product. 

"If they find out I've spoken to you, I'll be taken out. But I'm sick of the whole business. 

"I have lost so many friends to drugs that I just want out. But the only way I'll get out is if this operation gets f***** up." 

The plot has been in the planning stages for about nine months. It was set up long before Santini, 35, was freed from Barlinnie jail. 

The conspirators have only met rarely face to face, but have kept in regular touch through go-betweens. 

The drug trail will begin at the border between Turkey and Afghanistan, where the gang's Turkish connection will buy heroin. 

The drugs will be trafficked through Turkey, and across Europe to Holland. It will then be delivered to London. 

Ninety-five per cent of drugs used in Scotland are smuggled in across the English border. 

Most of the heroin arrives in London, in communities run by Turkish and Kurdish drug barons. 

The Glasgow gangsters will pay pounds 13,500 a kilo for 90per cent pure heroin, and pounds 18,000 for each kilo of cocaine. 

Their henchmen will collect the drugs from London in a white Mercedes sprinter van. 

The supplies will be loaded on to bread boards in the back, and slid into place under a false floor using specially installed runners. 

The crooks plan to use unsuspecting roadside rescue crews as cover for their shipments. 

Our source explained: "The driver will deliberately disable the van so it cannot be repaired at the roadside, and then call out the RAC or the AA. 

"Their patrolmen will be unable to repair it, so they will load it on to the back of a transporter and have it delivered to the `factory' for them. 

"It is rare for police to stop an RAC or AA man." 

The Record exposed similar tactics by drug runners last year. But the conspirators believe the AA scam is still the best way to get past police. 

They have made several dummy runs with empty vans to make sure they are not being tailed by police. 

A highly professional operation has already been set up at the drug factory, believed to be in a double warehouse unit about 12 miles outside Glasgow. 

Industrial kitchen blenders have been bought to "cut" the drugs - mix them with other substances to increase the bulk and value. 

Four presses will form the cut drugs into blocks. The heroin and cocaine will then be vacuum-packed in nylon bags. 

Our insider said: "If the product is vacuum-packed, whoever buys it knows it has not been tampered with by the couriers who deliver it. 

"White masking tape will be used for the cocaine and brown for the heroin. 

"There are about five guys in the warehouse already who will be employed in the cutting and packing. 

"And there will be no conning these guys about the purity of the drugs. They have even employed a former chemist to test it for them. 

"It is incredible - like a proper, professional factory." 

Santini supplied almost all the main drug dealers in Glasgow before he was caught. He has been careful to remain a player on the hard drug scene, and is confident of becoming top dog again. 

The source said: "Santini is highly respected in the drugs scene. Everyone knows he is to be trusted and that he doesn't rip anyone off." 

The Turk involved in the partnership is also thought to be trusted by dealers. 

But the involvement of Ferris and his ruthless sidekick McDonald will raise plenty of eyebrows. 

Both have many enemies in the Glasgow underworld. 

Our source said: "I know it looks odd, but at the end of the day money talks. 

"These guys will do anything for dosh. 

And if it means having to get into bed with Ferris to get what they want, then they will. 

"Santini's involvement will be enough to assure them everything's on the level."
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Hey P check out what SJ was quoted in an 1984 article - wow [eek][comp][thumb][comp][wave]

This Lost Speech from 1983 Will Make You Think That Steve Jobs Was from the Future


We have an explanation on how Apple became so successful: Steve Jobs might've been from the future. That's not true, of course, but to hear him nail so many predictions about modern technology back in 1983 it begins to feel like the only explanation.

Just listen to the speech Steve Jobs gave to the International Design Conference in Aspen in 1983. It's like Jobs knew that Apple was going to make the iPad, that mobile was the future, that the App Store was necessary, that everything was going to be networked wirelessly and that things like Google Street View and Siri would star to take over our lives. It seems easy to predict this now but Steve Jobs made this speech in 1983. For context, the Macintosh hadn't even been released yet. The best selling computer was the Apple II and the second most popular PC was made by IBM. Michael Jackson just moonwalked for the very first time and Ronald Reagan started talking about Star Wars missiles. This was a long, long, long time ago.


Here are a few noteworthy excerpts from Jobs vision of the future, as put together by Marcel Brown, who digitized the cassette tape that the 'lost' speech was on. Just listen to Jobs talk about something that sounds very much like the iPad we use today:

"Apple's strategy is really simple. What we want to do is we want to put an incredibly great computer in a book that you can carry around with you and learn how to use in 20 minutes. That's what we want to do and we want to do it this decade. And we really want to do it with a radio link in it so you don't have to hook up to anything and you're in communication with all of these larger databases and other computers."


Jobs was off by more than a few decades but book-sized computer that's easy to use? Yep. According to Brown, here is some other future predicting stuff that Jobs said in his speech:

  • He confidently talks about the personal computer being a new medium of communication. Again, this is before networking was commonplace or there was any inkling of the Internet going mainstream. Yet he specifically talks about early e-mail systems and how it is re-shaping communication. He matter-of-factly states that when we have portable computers with radio links, people could be walking around anywhere and pick up their e-mail. Again, this is 1983, at least 20 years before the era of mobile computing.
  • He mentions an experiment done by MIT that sounds very much like a Google Street View application.
  • He compares the nascent software development industry to the record industry. He says that most people didn't necessarily know what computer they wanted to buy. In contrast, when walking into a record store they definitely knew what music they liked. This was because they got free samples of songs by listening to the radio. He thought that the software industry needed something like a radio station so that people could sample software before they buy it. He believed that software distribution through traditional brick-and-mortar was archaic since software is digital and can be transferred electronically through phone lines. He foresees paying for software in an automated fashion over the phone lines with credit cards. I don't know about you, but I think this sounds incredibly similar to the concept of the Apple App Store. Plus his comparison to the music industry just might be foreshadowing the iTunes store. You need to listen to the speech to hear the entirety of this passage for yourself.

Head over to Life, Liberty and Tech to hear the entire Steve Jobs speech and see more excerpts that Brown was able to jot down. In all, there's 20 minutes of never-before-heard footage. You should check it out. [Life, Liberty and Tech via TNW]



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SECURIWAR EXCLUSIVE: OUT FOR THE ACCOUNT; Royal Bank of Scotland wipe the smirk from gangster's face with Dear John letter to Frontline Security.


SCOTLAND'S biggest bank have pulled the plug on their business with a security firm linked to gangster Paul Ferris.

Royal Bank of Scotland chiefs last week gave Frontline Security 30 days to find another bank and ordered them to tear up and return all chequebooks and cards.

Senior figures in the bank are increasingly concerned about money-laundering.

Many of Scotland's drug gangs use security firms offering 'protection' as a front for organised crime.

Royal Bank chiefs sent an internal memo to managers telling them to review accounts held by security firms.

Now they have decided to close the accounts of dodgy firms.

Tough new proceeds-of-crime laws mean that bankers, lawyers and accountants acting for crooks can come under much tougher scrutiny. High street banks fear their reputations could be tarnished if they continue dealing with criminals and their businesses.

MP Ian Davidson, who campaigns against drug gangs, said: 'I want to congratulate the Royal Bank of Scotland for what appears to be a more ethical approach.

'At long last, a major bank appears to be getting much stricter about who they want as customers.

'I would hope they would extend this more vigorous approach to look at the lawyers and accountants who are often the frontmen for crooked enterprises.'

The Edinburgh-based Royal Bank, which made pounds 6.2billion profit this year, will not even provide a reference for Frontline.

Banks are under no obligation to explain the reason for terminating accounts. One source said: 'The last thing the bank wants is to be linked with people such as Ferris.'

The bank was was fined pounds 750,000 in 2002 for breaching new laws designed to make it harder to launder dirty money.

Frontline were formed by Ferris shortly after his release from jail for gun-running.

The people who he appoints to run the firm and who appear in official documents claim he is no longer even a 'consultant'.

Harry Young, who previously led two of Ferris' failed security firms in the 1990s, fronted the company along with Billy Elliot.

Young was later jailed and Jim Methven became the firm's managing director. BBC investigators secretly filmed a Frontline sales boss admitting they were a Ferris firm, a claim Methven disputes.

Last night the Royal Bank said: 'We would never comment on customers or any action we take.'

Last week, the Sunday Mail revealed an FBI-style crimebusting agency will open their HQ as early as 2006 basedon on the site of the old Gartcosh steelworks.


Dumped: Royal have told Frontline to find new bank; Bounced out: Gangster Ferris, right, with Frontline's latest mouthpiece, managing director Jim Methven, at a building site in Glasgow


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Crime Files


Pictured: Professor David Wilson and Fiona Walker 

This week Crime Files investigates gang culture and reveals how recent rivalries have led to a very specific type of premeditated murder.

World-renowned criminologist Professor David Wilson interviews former gangland enforcer Paul Ferris, travels to the Isle of Lewis to meet Scottish crime fiction author Malcolm McKay, and considers the criminal mind of a truly unique murderer - the hitman.

In recent years, rivalries and turf-wars between gangs have seen the murder rate rising in Glasgow. Professor Wilson shares the findings of his own research on hitmen, and looks at recent gangland hits - including the 2006 murder of Michael Lyons and the 2000 murder of criminal boss Frank McPhee.

Professor Wilson also interviews former gangland enforcer Paul Ferris, who was once a key player in the most violent turf war the city has ever seen. Ferris admits he sometimes feels trapped by his criminal past: “I regret wasting my life in pursuing something that I thought I was involved in. When you talk about serious and organised crime I thought I had been welcomed in to these things like a movie. And then, slowly, it unravels to be nothing but a cesspit. If I could go back, I would change it.”

Elsewhere, investigative journalist Fiona Walker revisits 1930s Glasgow and the story of the city’s very own Peaky Blinders - the warring Glasgow razor gangs. She reveals how the city became a battleground, with the public held to ransom, until a formidable new Police Chief, Percy ‘Gang Buster’ Sillitoe, shook things up, reforming Scotland’s police force forever.

Crime Files is a Tern TV production for BBC Scotland.
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Sunday 11 August




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