‘Mr Big’ with Towyn links shot dead in city gar­den Friends pay trib­ute to busi­ness­man as ‘the most gen­uine man’

North Wales Weekly News - - NEWS - Daily Post Chief Re­porter kelly.wil­liams@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

AMAN once branded a city’s “Mr Big” has been shot dead. Paul Massey was gunned down out­side his home on Manch­ester Road, Clifton.

The Weekly News un­der­stands the 55-year-old was well-known in North Wales and spent many months at a car­a­van in Tŷ Mawr hol­i­day park in Towyn. It is also be­lieved he ran se­cu­rity on sev­eral hol­i­day parks in the re­gion.

The Manch­ester Evening News re­ported how the busi­ness­man, who was given a 14-year jail sen­tence in the 1990s af­ter a knife at­tack on a man in Manch­ester city cen­tre, spoke ear­lier this year of his “hell” af­ter be­ing on bail for more than three years.

The pa­per un­der­stands Mr Massey suf­fered fa­tal in­juries af­ter he was shot in his gar­den on Sun­day night. Sev­eral armed of­fi­cers could be seen on the street and a large cordon was in place. An eye­wit­ness said Mr Massey was shot dead by a lone gun­man on foot.

It’s un­der­stood that af­ter be­ing shot Mr Massey called for a friend, who raced to his home and was de­tained by po­lice be­fore be­ing re­leased.

De­tec­tive Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Russ Jack­son said: “Peo­ple will un­der­stand­ably be alarmed when they hear about this in­ci­dent which we be­lieve was a tar­geted at­tack.

“I would like to re­as­sure the public that we have a height­ened level of po­lice of­fi­cers in the area while we es­tab­lish the full cir­cum­stances of the in­ci­dent and iden­tify those re­spon­si­ble. We are ac­tively fol­low­ing a num­ber of lines of en­quiry, how­ever, I would urge the lo­cal com­mu­nity to come for­ward if they saw or heard any­thing.”

A post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion and for­mal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion are yet to take place.

Mr Massey was jailed in 1999 af­ter he stabbed a man in the groin, sev­er­ing an artery. Since his re­lease from jail, it is un­der­stood he has been in­volved in the se­cu­rity busi­ness and ac­quir­ing prop­erty in Manch­ester.

Be­fore his con­vic­tion, he was re­garded as a “tar­get crim­i­nal” by po­lice. He had re­port­edly acted as a “me­di­a­tor” to calm feuds be­tween gangs else­where in the coun­try. In 2012, he stood as an un­suc­cess­ful can­di­date to be­come Sal­ford’s first elected mayor.

In April, Mr Massey spoke to the Manch­ester Evening News af­ter sug­ges­tions he had been asked by po­lice to in­ter­vene af­ter a se­ries of vi­o­lent in­ci­dents in the city. He in­sisted the ru­mours were un­true.

Glo­ria Brown, of Rhyl, said: “Fel­low res­i­dent, Geral­dine Grif­fiths and I have known Paul for about five years now. When Geral­dine lost her leg, he spent many hours by her bed­side and even took us to a show, no ex­pense spared.

“He was only here a few weeks ago and could not un­der­stand why no adap­ta­tions had been done to Geral­dine’s home and promised to help – he was Mr Kind­ness him­self.

“Our heart felt con­do­lences go out to his fam­ily at this sad time, they called him Sal­ford’s Mr Big but it should be Mr Big Hearted. I just hope all those he helped will now help his fam­ily.”

Geral­dine Grif­fiths added: “Paul was painted as a rogue but he was the most gen­uine man I ever came across. He re­ally wasn’t as bad as peo­ple make out. We are now go­ing to be or­gan­is­ing a fundraiser with pro­ceeds go­ing to his wife.”

Paul Massey, 55. Inset be­low, tributes left near the scene where Paul was killed

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