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01. Roy Shaw
02. Bernie Lee
03. Tony Guest
04. Jack Adams
05. Tony Lambrianou
06. Freddie Foreman
07. Dave Courtney


My name is Roy Shaw
In 63 I was going on all the blags
Was a bit tasty on the pavement
So we was going to have this bank van
down at Longfield in Dartford
Picks up from all the banks and then comes along this road
This quiet country road.
The Geaser who was going to ram it said I can’t ram it with a car
He said I need a big American lorry
And he was on the other side of the road for it to come
And I was standing on the pavement
I threw this brick through the window and it done the driver
Run round the front of it, pulled the driver out
and slung him in a ditch
So I ran to the door and I smashed the window
Smashed the bars with the axe and they all fell in
Run the axe round the window frame and jumped in
Six people in there and they went, don’t hurt us, don’t hurt us
I went just give us your money, give us your money
They went that’s it now, that’s it, you got a lot of money
Dived out the window and got into the back of our van
And we was having it away cause we had a tipper lorry
parked about two miles up the road,
Had it all cut out so we got underneath and it was all metal on top
But there was a van following us, so I said to the driver,
Stop and I’ll go and do him
Stop and let me do him, so they stopped
And I ran at the van that was chasing us, so he saw me coming
Went into reverse and being it’s a country lane,
he went up the bank and turned over in the road
So that was that out of the way
and it stopped anybody else following us
So we went from there into the tipper,
got underneath with all the money
and everything and away we went
And that was it, that one was done
That was the ninety grand one,
in them days it was one of the biggest blags
other than the train robbery,
We had the money and split up got away with it,
then I got grassed up about six weeks later
and got to court
And I got a fifteen stretch…

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I was born in Eastham in East London
Shipped to an orphanage when I was a couple of years of age
I left the orphanage when I was about fourteen and a half,
done approve school and Borstal
My first time in approve school, I learned over 23 ways to nick a car
I started stealing cars to order
and while I was in prison I learned how to open a safe
The earlier types of safes were called fire boxes,
used to get a press on the back of them, you know, like a big wine press
We used to tighten up the presses until the back breaks,
that was the old fire boxes
Then they became a bit more proper, they started putting concrete in between the skins of the wall, so I learned about nitro.
Nitro’s easy. I was the first man in London to use it.
Made the nitro myself. I loved nitro, nitro’s easy
The hardest safe I’ve ever done was a Mowser, 5 tumbler,
6 leaver job, it took 3 1/2 hours to do,
I used to study drawings of the safes, You got a dial on the front of the safe
A lot of safes are keys still but like there are some that are dials
You listen for the tumblers to click in and the bolts to drop
Cause in a safe you’ve usually got in between three and twelve tumblers,
You blow the right hand lock first, then the left-hand lock,
Because the left-hand lock was a dummy, it was just an alarm,
We drilled it in all the right places, diamond tipped drills we used
And I went through four of them on that one safe
We put the nitro in, walked around the corridor, spun the battery and blew it.
Then you go at the tumblers with your stethoscope,
you can feel the numbers then dropping in on the combination
And that’s what releases your bolts, either side, top and bottom of the doors and then spin the dial And you just spin it open, and out she comes,
she’s open then, you can’t rush the job that I used to do,
Before I opened up the safe, I was always like twenty or thirty minutes
like in front of it looking at the safe,
Just setting myself at ease, and psyching myself out, if you like
If you rush it, and you make one mistake, you either got to start again
or get up, admit defeat and walk away from it.
I’ve been a thief, I’ve been a hijacker, I’ve been a mercenary,
I’ve been a safe breaker,
I did that game for about fifteen or twenty years mucking
around with safes and that,
And then I just quit.
If I’d put so much energy into going straight, as what I did crooked, I’d have been a multi-millionaire now myself
You can’t go on forever thinking that crime pays, cause crime don’t pay
The only thing I miss about it all, is working with the nitro,
I love nitro, nitro’s easy, nitro’s easy.
If you carry a gun and something happens you're more than likely to pull out the gun and use it.
If you carry a knife when you’re losing a fight you’d pull it out and stab him
If you carry a duster you’d pull it out and break their jaw and knock him out.

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So as I was saying, I got on the doors
and I used to go to one club to another you know
It was always the bad clubs because the good clubs looked
after themselves, they didn’t want nobody on,
You know just normal people and all that, but if you went
to the bad clubs and got the job there,
You got a lot more money cause it was harder,
I see him (a club owner) he said yeah it’s all right Tony
we can pay very well
We’ll give you want, then you can pay your team, he said
but there’s a Salford Mob and they’re bad
And they come on for protection and I’ve been paying them
for over a year now.
I can’t pay you, you know and pay them at the same time,
So I said to him well don’t you worry about that,
let me worry about that,
So I was there for about a week, there was five of us,
The next thing we know, he come down,
he said alright Tony, so I said alright,
I said Barry, I said, well you’d better forget what your down
here for now, he said, what do you mean
I said he’s paying you no more it’s our club now,
oh he said it’s like that is it, I said yeah it’s like that
I’ve took over now and that’s it, so with that his mate,
his minder, his other mate said what you talking about,
This is our club, so with that he started arguing with me,
So I knew I had to do I knew I had to show myself,
so bump I hit him with a right hook and he’s gone to the floor,
Then with that they all jumped on me and started,
so my team jumped in then, my Johnny and Morty jumped in,
He said stop this now, so I said ok with me and you outside Barry,
So as we got up the stairs and all that they all followed behind us, so I started fighting him outside,
So I put him on the floor I said do you want any more,
he said I’ve had enough, I’ve had enough
But with that I just put my knee on him and leaned on him
and I said listen Barry I’ll kill you if you like
Cause he was finished then you know but with that
they all started kicking me and all that nonsense
And as they was pulling me away he’s on the floor
and he’s just got his teeth into my legs,
I’ve got all the things (scars) now where he got a chunk out of it, with the legs and all that nonsense.
This is not right it’s supposed to be one to one don’t it,
and that was it they pulled him away,
The next thing I know there was blood shooting out
like water out of me thumb
And it was just on the skin on the floor,
(and some was bitten off…) so they put a towel over me
and the next thing it was like blotting paper,
And they said Jesus look at the blood so they phoned
the ambulance and they sat me down
And the ambulance come and they took me to the hospital,
and they said well we’ll have to amputate you,
They had to go back for me thumb, with ice they come back with it.

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My names Adams, Jack Adams
Born in the East End of London 1943
My mum was in the air force
We lived just off Cable Street
Me father was in a prisoner of war camp
And when he come back, he didn’t know nothing about me
Walked out the door, we never seen him again
1948 Brixton, I met me new dad, Eddy Steele,
I was known as Jacky Steele
Most of my younger years round Brixton were spent just really nicking stuff off of stalls, out of shops,
We used to go over the railway yards at nine elms, break into the carriages, see what we could find,
I was arrested in 1956 with me brother, taken to a magistrates court, they sentenced me to an approve school,
Most of the time I was there, I spent trying to get out,
Three times I escaped, I was only thirteen years old,
nearly fourteen, I was sixteen when I finally got released,
only had a couple of jobs, only small jobs
You could never earn enough money, so I used to go out,
doing almost anything and
That’s when we used to earn a lot of money,
do all sorts of things, anything to earn a crust,
Most of the time, I was out with me mates
By 1958 I was working with a little team, in South London,
As young as I was I was getting quite a lot of money,
I had a nice car even though I was too young to drive,
And most of the jobs we done, I drove on them,
I was caught in 1958 as well and sent to Borstall,
stayed there until 1960
When I came out of Borstall, I met up with same litte firm,
We started going on, different blags, a few post offices, the air terminal was the one that put me away a long time,
I got thirteen years for that, came out in 1970
Half way through my prison sentence, I was granted leave to appeal, I came out and my uncle Georgie
That’s Georgie Cornel, got me a few hot dog barrels up the West End he had taken off someone that owed him money,
After about four months of working the Barrows,
I was approached by a representative of the Kray twins and was taken to meet them.
And a proposition was put to me which I couldn’t really refuse
I had to go around collecting money for them.
One night I had to deliver some money to a man called Jimmy Emit in the Flamingo Night Club in Wardour Street,
When I got there he wasn’t there
Jack the Hat as he was known who also worked with the twins said he’d take it
I gave him one thousand and fifty pounds, the thousand and fifty pounds was never given to Reggie and Ronnie
And that was one of the reasons he was killed, he took liberties,
My uncle Georgie, Georgie Comel was killed before him
He was shot in the Blind Beggars Pub,
It was after that, that McVitie done me,
McVitie and a couple of his mates almost killed me one night,
trying to get more money off me,
I had nothing else I could do really except try and
get word to the twins
And a few weeks later he was killed, after I came out of hospital, I had to go on my appeal which failed,
I was sent back to prison
Most of the good days I had were in the fifties and sixties, yeh, they were good times, I had lots of money, holiday and flash cars
When I went into prison I had quite a lot of money and when I come out I had nothing, absolutely nothing
I lost all that when I got put away
Since then I haven’t been in any kind of trouble
And I don’t wanna be.

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My name is Tony Lambrianou
I was brought up with the Krays in Bethnal Green
We was all families and brothers
And that’s where your power lay
Within your family
The East End is known for the criminals it turned out
There was a new movement among the youth
The firms of that time were the Richardsons, the Nash Brothers, the Lambrianou Brothers, the Krays,
We ran the system, that’s how it had to be, they couldn’t tell us what to do, it wasn’t like that.
You didn’t argue with the Krays, I know what fear is, cause I’d give it out
If they had the hump, that was it, you knew you had a problem
If one of them hit you on the chin, stay on the floor,
You never knew what was going to happen, never said a lot but they done a lot
I was convicted with the Kray twins in sixty-nine for the murder of Jack the Hat McVitie
It wasn’t my row, it wasn’t my argument, but we with them,
I as there when it happened, I disposed of the body, I was the last person to see him
This man was one handful, he was about six foot two, about sixteen stone on him;
He didn’t fear no one, and if he had a gun on him, he’d use it,
I see him blow a pub out one night cause they wouldn’t serve him a drink, cause he’d come back,
You couldn’t let him go you couldn’t let him go, he was a nuisance
And when a person becomes a nuisance we couldn’t leave him
I got a life and fifteen years recommendation, and I done fifteen years nine months,
I was category A for twelve years, there was no parole for me,
I had gone past that stage of things, I came out still living in the past,
I miss what I left behind, the firm, the image is back there,
Once you put the suit on, once you put the suit on
You become a different person
We never involved ourselves with innocent people.
They was all other villains, that was the code I lived by
We fall into a category people like me, the Krays, Freddie Foreman, Frankie Fraser, Dave Courtney, unemployable men, I deserve something
But to be convicted of a murder I thought was a bit strong
A big slice out of my life and it cost me plenty
The firm
The firm.

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My name’s Freddie, Freddie Foreman
I was born in 1932
I was a war child baby, I was eight years old
when the war was declared
So I was an evacuee, very unhappy childhood really
Everybody was anti-authority in those days
They never really believed in uniforms or police
It was installed in you not to grass on your friends
or inform on your mates
I’d leave school at fourteen start going working in a factory
Humping fucking hundred weight sacks up ladders and things
That’s all I could do as a kid
And all it did was build your strength up you know and
You would get like four quid a week,
what could you do with four pound a week
So you had to go out and do a bit of thieving
And that’s how I turned to crime really
And then I got nicked and went to The Old Bailey
The number one court at sixteen years of age
Now little did I know then that I would be going back to
The number one court about Five times in years to come
Prison is an education Prison educates people
As years went on I progressed and you just
get in a bigger league you know
Going for bigger prizes and getting big big money
You have to do your apprenticeship through the prison system
And that’s where you educate yourself,
that’s where people learn their trade
Don’t they really that’s how I progressed
And then it got to the big league we was robbing
firms was getting money
Get a few of their workers,
Give them an extra four quid in their wages
Give them a cosh, put them in the back of the lorry
Send them all down to the bank to pick up the wages
As they used to come, we used to ram the lorry and then steam in the back and Nobody really got hurt it was all over so quick
They was about twenties and thirty grand in those days and of course
The whole objective of getting that sort of money was to go straight and invest it into straight businesses
But every straight business you went into used to fold and we’d employ people for a few months
And then you was out on the payment again trying to get a bit more
This is how things happened
And then in sixty one there was a big armoured truck went through Bow Common Lane And it was going to the gas works
It was taking the wages there from Couttes Bank in the city
It had a policeman on board, a city copper with a dog and four tellers in the back making up the wages,
It was a big brown bus like, very strong, stronged up
We stopped it in Bow Common Lane and we rammed the front, stopped it dead Come along the side of it, done the windows in the side
Came round the back put a chain in there, wrenched the two back doors right off in one swoop.
Went in to get the money which was laying there in these lovely brown leather cricket bags,
that’s what they used to use those days,
And all of a sudden, there is two guys in the back of the van, standing with the shooters
They started letting go with these hand guns,
all we used to use those days was like pick axe handles,
Now this was a different story,
there they were within your reach, the bags
And you couldn’t get your hands to them cause
these bullets were flying everywhere
The copper jumped out the side door with his dog,
And there was a fight going on with a couple of the firm round there,
Next thing you now, one of the firms on the floor crawling on his hands and knees and he’s got a bullet through his head
Shot him right through his head and out the other side. We couldn’t get in the back of the van, got our man away,
Went back, done the copper with a sledge hammer,
Smashed fuck out of him, he let the geazer go, one of the firm,
And then we got all our men away and drove off, left the money there because of the two fellows with the shooters,
It was the turning point in the crime scene, because from then on you never pulled out on the street without a shotgun
From then on things changed.

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I’m Dave Courtney,
My position in sort of the London crime scene is
I have under my command five hundred six foot flat nose geazers
I’m looked at as an army
I’m called in London the yellow pages for the underworld
It’s not being a villain I find addictive
It’s the lifestyle around it
The class went out of crime when the only crime left to do was drugs
Most of my wealth has come through debt collecting
I do specialised debt collecting
I go all around the world chasing people for money that they owe everybody else
And if the price is right I would be prepared
to do anything to retrieve the debt
I would be prepared to go to any lengths to retrieve
Thirty percent of two hundred grand,
Apart from kill somebody.
My choice of weapon is a knuckle duster
If you choose a gun then you’ve got to be prepared to do
Fifteen years for murder, fifteen years for murder
The good times are good, really good
But the bad times are really really bad
They outweigh the good times
There’s got to be an easier way to earn a living apart
From dodging bullets and doing a load of bird
When I sit back and think of my life so far
The bullet holes, the different prisons I’ve been banged up in,
The so-called glamour of the crime game
It’s all bollocks really
It’s so sad when you want to go and see a friend
And you have to go and visit a prison
somewhere up and down the country
I’m finished with it
Four times I’ve been in prison on remand
I ain’t going to prison no more
I’m finished with it.
If you carry a gun and something happens
you’re more than likely to pull out the gun and use it.
If you carry a knife when you’re losing a fight

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