Which is worth bil­lions and they’re BRITISH UP THEIR VIC­TIM Sliced and beaten to death

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By JUSTIN DUNN

god­fa­thers as Bran­son.

Here, ex­tracts from ac­claimed crime writer and in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist Gra­ham John­son’s new book re­veals what life was like inside the most suc­cess­ful crim­i­nal gang in British his­tory. STEPHEN Cole was no or­di­nary door­man. He was a for­mer Liver­pool Football Club player, for the re­serves.

He was the head of a very suc­cess­ful se­cu­rity com­pany.

But by 1991 he’d also been dragged into the gang wars that were threat­en­ing to desta­bilise The Car­tel.

Within min­utes of or­der­ing a drink in the Faza­k­er­ley dis­trict of Liver­pool, a mob of 20plus as­sailants burst through the pub doors and chopped him to death with ma­chetes and meat cleavers.

The at­tack was not only hor­rific – there was also a touch of the sur­real.

The weird thing was that the killers chopped up their vic­tim in front of his scream­ing wife.

Even stranger was the fact that some of the other pun­ters in the pub sim­ply looked on as if it were nor­mal. Some were gassed with CS spray, so they were not in a po­si­tion to do much.

But oth­ers who were un­af­fected looked on or moved out of the way.

Af­ter the sav­age spec­ta­cle, they car­ried on drink­ing as though noth­ing had hap­pened.

Some took their drinks across the road to a neigh­bour­ing pub.

Peo­ple were learn­ing to ig­nore, to nor­malise crime in com­mu­ni­ties were once it would not have been tol­er­ated.

No-one, it seemed, had wit­nessed a thing.

But Kaiser and Scar­face let Cole’s murder go. They didn’t know who or­dered the hit or car­ried it out.

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