Former gangland enforcer helped to write his book by Sayers brothers after jail hook-up
REFORMED CRIMINALS STILL GOOD FRIENDS
LOCKED up together in the North East’s toughest jail, gangster Paul Ferris and Tyneside’s notorious Sayers brothers formed a special bond.
The reformed Scottish criminal was this week reunited with his former jail pal Stephen Sayers during a trip to Newcastle to launch his new book.
Unfinished Business: Putting the Conspiracy to Rest has been penned with Tyneside-based writers Steve Wraith and Stu Wheatman.
Now Ferris, who turned his back on crime and became an author, has revealed how he would never have been able to write his first book without the help of North East prisoners in HMP Frankland, Glasgow underworld boss turned author, Paul Ferris in particular Stephen Sayers, who served time at the high-security jail at the same time.
And the 55-year-old has told how the friendship formed behind bars has stood the test of time, even after the pair went straight.
He said: “There is always a bond there with people you have spent time inside with.
“When I get an opportunity to come here it’s usually just to visit Stephen and [his brother] Michael, it’s to visit people who had produced a hand of friendship.
“Some people might say: ‘How can you make a commitment to go straight and stay in contact with people?’
“I never said I was going to leave my friends. Saying you are going straight is easy. But, 16 years later, I must have done something right – but I don’t feel like there was enough help.”
Ferris became one of Glasgow’s most feared gangsters in the 1980s and 90s.
From the age of 19 he worked as an enforcer for the city’s underworld figure Arthur Thompson, who was known as The Godfather.
When Thompson’s son, Arthur Jnr was shot dead in 1991, after Ferris parted company with the crime boss, he was arrested and charged with murder.
While he was on remand his suspected accomplices Robert Glover and Joe “Bananas” Hanlon were found shot dead in a car, on the day of the victim’s funeral.
Ferris stood trial in 1992 accused of the murder and other charges,