The discovery, along with the tapped conversations, helped prosecutors build their case against The Maniac - which featured a plot to kidnap the transport boss's wife and hold her hostage in the cellar of a farm, potentially for months. Street gangs in Liverpool have been in existence since the early-19th century. As of November 2011, all members of the Whitney gang have been jailed for 82 years. Instead he says he will launch a grenade attack on a restaurant linked to the businessman if no-one sends him his phone number. People were worried about rising youth crime and the influence of 'penny dreadfuls' on people's behaviour. This came despite him arguing he should have received protection for tipping off police about the heroin shipment. Carol Whitney, from Walton, dubbed the banker of the drugs ring, was locked up for eight years while gang member Michael O'Toole got eight years. Plotting from jail after being arrested over the heroin shipment, he tried to force the businessman to hand over £12m or take the fall for the heroin. Former Everton, Liverpool, Tranmere striker has more goals than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Exclusive - Sam Carroll spoke to League Two top scorer - and former Tranmere Rovers striker - Paul Mullin, Liverpool news and transfers LIVE: Joe Gomez surgery, Daryl Janmaat linked, Steven Caulker message, Everton news and transfers LIVE: Gleison Bremer linked, Kurt Zouma offer, Jordan Pickford claim. The two men have escaped justice for decades which is why the ECHO cannot name them. He was overheard explaining "he just entered the house of the wife [of the businessman] and that there were children". A bug was planted in their mum's south Liverpool home, which recorded the brothers talking about crime and drugs. Picture Phil Harris, Mirror News, The Port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe covering 105 square kilometres or 41 square miles and stretches over a distance of 40 kilometres or 25 miles. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and was jailed for seven years. From criminal brothers who ran international drugs operations to mafia matriarchs who watched over their family's criminal empires - they all fell foul of the law. A gangster known as "The Maniac" was drafted in by a Turkish drugs lord in a desperate bid to recover millions of pounds lost when a massive heroin shipment was intercepted. Rather than get his hands dirty, he directed others to produce, store, collect and distribute drugs to gangs across England and Scotland. Army corporal turned drugs baron Peter Clarke worked with security firm boss Stephen Clarke to orchestrate shipments of cocaine and cannabis from Merseyside to Northern Ireland. The businessman was also prosecuted after an investigation established he was involved in the failed cocaine plot. Daniel 'Danny' Gee was jailed indefinitely in 2010 for conspiring to buy guns and threatening to kill teenager Jamie Starkey. Many of them remain behind bars, while others have been released following lengthy prison sentences for their crimes. It will feature reports from Liverpool Crown Court and cases connected to Merseyside. Other jailed gang members included Neil Brady, who was jailed for six years and nine months, Lisa Whitney's boyfriend Wayne Hincks for six years and eight months and co-conspirator Thomas Dowd who received four years and four months. Ringleader Paul Whitney, then 32, of Fazakerley, was jailed for nine years and four months while his associate Matthew Mayor, from Haydock, received eight years and four months. shipments of cocaine and cannabis from Merseyside to Northern Ireland. To make matters worse for the drug lord, the heroin seizure came just one month after another massive importation had fallen through. His role in a shocking extortion and kidnap plot came to light in a case that proceeded through the Court of Rotterdam. Showers was jailed for 20 years in 1991 after plotting to flood the UK with £2m of high-grade heroin. We rounded up a list of some of the city's most prolific crime families, many of whom lived lavish lifestyles off the back of their ill gotten gains. [9] In 1999, a prominent "turf war killing" occurred when Warren Selkirk was shot five times and a bag of dog excrement placed in his hand, while his children waited in a nearby car: Glaswegian Ian McAteer was convicted of the murder in 2001. The Maniac says he has 10 people ready to enter the father-in-law's home should he give them the green light and tells the father-in-law his family is liable for the businessman's £12m debt. [14], Liverpudlian organised crime 'firms' are internationally active mainly, but not limited to the drug trade. When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images), Drugs being seized as they pass through Antwerp is not uncommon. [8] It was revealed that Liverpool was the main centre for organised crime in the North of England. They ran criminal empires that flooded the streets with guns, drugs and violence, Get the inside track on the big stories from Liverpool Crown Court with our weekly newsletter. Showers always denied the allegations and wrote of the squalid conditions of the Istanbul prison and his lack of faith in the Turkish justice system. The Turkish gangster received 14 years for his role in the heroin and kidnap plot. The Whitney family sat at the head of a massive criminal network in Liverpool. 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