Carlton Leach

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Carlton Leach
Born (1959-03-12) 12 March 1959 (age 58)
Canning Town, Essex
Nationality English
Other names The Footsoldier
Occupation author, former doorman, former football hooligan and bodybuilder
Allegiance The ICF

Carlton Leach (born 12 March 1959) is an author, occasional actor, and a former criminal.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was born in Canning Town, (East London since 1965). Leach was catapulted into a criminal career by his love of West Ham United F.C. Before long, he was a member of the notorious Inter City Firm, a gang of hooligans who followed the East London club.

Criminal career[edit]

He started work as a bouncer in East London, where he became involved with Pat Tate and Tony Tucker, both of whom worked as large scale dealers in ecstasy during the rave era in the late 1980s.

Three of the gang, Pat Tate, Tony Tucker and Craig Rolfe, would eventually meet an abrupt and bloody end in December 1995, when they were shot to death in a Range Rover on a farm track in Rettendon, in what are known as the Rettendon Triple Murders.

In 2003 he wrote a memoir about his criminal exploits entitled Muscle. In 2007 a film based on the book was released entitled Rise of the Footsoldier starring Ricci Harnett as Leach.[2]