‘Mad Matt’ had crim­i­nal past

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

“MAD Matt” Cle­ments had a rep­u­ta­tion as a hard man and had a crim­i­nal past. It was ru­moured that he was the in­for­mant who tipped off po­lice about a raid on the Na­tion­wide Build­ing So­ci­ety in New Rom­ney on Oc­to­ber 31, 2006. Po­lice were quickly on the scene and 41-yearold Robert Haines – also known as “Te­flon Bob” – was shot dead by po­lice marks­men. One of the of­fi­cers who shot Mr Haines, from Chal­lock, also shot Brazil­ian Jean Charles de Menezes at Stock­well tube sta­tion in July 2005. Mr Cle­ments claimed his own life was placed in dan­ger af­ter he was branded a po­lice in­former. The for­mer gym owner and se­cu­rity ad­viser told the Ken­tish Ex­press in Jan­uary 2006 that he had been shot at at the time of his death was in Way­side Av­enue, St Michaels, Ten­ter­den. That had been fire­bombed in Au­gust 2006. Mr Cle­ments was not in­doors at the time, but oth­ers in­side had to be res­cued. Po­lice had ap­pealed for wit­nesses but no­body came for­ward and the case was left on file. Mr Cle­ments, 42, was a for­mer gym owner and door­man. He ran a busi­ness pro­vid­ing bounc­ers to clubs and trained guard dogs. As a keen body­builder, he was a mem­ber of Fit­ness First gym in Ash­ford. He had a dis­tinc­tive shoul­der-toshoul­der tat­too on his back say­ing “se­cu­rity”. He said he had got it so he could work as a se­cu­rity guard for celebri­ties on beaches.

Kenneth Batch­e­lor leav­ing Maid­stone Crown Court dur­ing his mur­der trial

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