Freddie Foreman

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Freddie Foreman[1] (born 5 March 1932 in South London) is a convicted English gangster. He was tried on two separate occasions for murder, and found not guilty, and has convictions for handling the proceeds of an armed robbery and separately for disposing of a body.

Life in crime[edit]

Foreman was involved in the disposal of the body of Jack "the Hat" McVitie (murdered by Reggie Kray). He was sentenced to ten years in prison. He was nicknamed "Brown Bread Fred",[2] among other nicknames.[3] He was later convicted of handling the proceeds from the Shoreditch Security Express robbery of 1983, which at the time was the largest cash robbery in the UK [4] and for which he received nine years in prison.[5] [3]

Foreman also admitted to the murders of Frank "Mad Axeman" Mitchell, and of Tommy "Ginger" Marks during the 1960s in his autobiography, Respect, in revenge for the shooting of his brother who had been shot in the legs. He had been acquitted of these murders at an Old Bailey trial in the 1960s.[3]


He is the father of actor Jamie Foreman and two other children.


  1. ^ País, Ediciones El (20 July 1989). "El Tribunal Supremo ordena la expulsión de un implicado en el 'robo del siglo'". Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  2. ^ "High profile gangsters to talk on 'life of crime' - Local". News Guardian. 2009-04-21. Archived from the original on March 19, 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  3. ^ a b c Campbell, Duncan (3 July 2018). "East End gangster Fred Foreman: 'You don't prove you're a hard man by stabbing someone'". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Self preservation societies: a brief history of heists". Daily Telegraph. 21 August 2009.
  5. ^ Smith, Lydia (27 November 2014). "Frankie Fraser Dead: The Last British Godfather 'Brown Bread Fred' Freddie Foreman". Retrieved 17 June 2017.