For­mer gang­land en­forcer helped to write his book by Say­ers brothers af­ter jail hook-up

RE­FORMED CRIM­I­NALS STILL GOOD FRIENDS

Sunday Sun - - News - By So­phie Doughty Crime re­porter so­[email protected]­plc.com @So­phie_Doughty

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,

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