‘Mad Matt’ had criminal past
“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