List of British gangsters

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This is a list of some organised crime figures within the underworld of the United Kingdom.

Name Life Years active Organization Comments References
Roy Francis Adkins 1947–1990 1970s – 1980s One-time partner of Dutch drug czar Klass Bruinsma, he was allegedly head of the drugs division of the Bruinsma organisation during the 1980s. Implicated in the murder of ex Great Train Robber Charles Wilson. [1]
Merrit and Beza 2003 – 2003 – Today Bestwood Cartel Led by the Gunn brothers, the Bestwood cartel were the dominant force in the Nottingham underworld responsible for multiple murders. [2][3][4]
Christopher Brayford b. 1965 1985–2003 Clerkenwell crime syndicate Head of the Clerkenwell crime syndicate until an investigation by MI5 and the Inland Revenue resulted in his imprisonment in 2003. [5][6]
Jack "Spot" Comer 1912–1996 1930s – 1950s Controlled London's East End bookmaking rackets until the 1950s. [7]
Tommy Comerford 1933–2003 1990s – 2003 Liverpool underworld figure and drug trafficker. One of the first British mobsters to establish an international drug trafficking network in Great Britain [8]
George Cornell 1928–1966 1960s – 1966 Richardson Gang Enforcer who worked for Charlie and Eddie Richardson during the 1960s. A childhood friend of the Kray Twins, he was used the a go-between by the Richardson's until his murder by Ronnie Kray at The Blind Beggar pub in 1966. [9]
Frankie Fraser 1923–2014 1940s – 1966 Richardson Gang Initially a bodyguard for well known gangster Billy Hill (gangster) Fraser later joined the Richardson Gang and served as their enforcer.
Freddie Foreman b. 1932 1948–1990 Kray Twins A freelance enforcer for the Kray twins during the 1960s, Foreman was involved in the gangland slayings of Frank "The Mad Axeman" Mitchell and Ginger Marks. [10][11]
Mickey Green 1942 1970s – 1998 An English Gangster and drug lord who has also held Irish nationality. He has allegedly been one of Britain's leading drug dealers for many years and is said to be worth at least £75 Million. Implicated in the Gangland murders of London crime figures Gilbert Wynter and Solly Nahome. [citation needed]
Billy Hill 1911–1984 1920s – 1970s Longtime underworld figure in the London underworld. A partner of Jack Spot during the 1940s, he also organised the Eastcastle St. postal van robbery in 1952 and a £40,000 bullion heist in 1954. [12]
David Hunt (gangster) 1961–present 1980s–present "The Hunt Syndicate" English organised crime boss, linked to violence, fraud, prostitution, murder and money laundering. [13]
Ronnie and Reggie Kray 1933–1995 (Ronnie)
1933–2000 (Reggie)
1952–1968 Controlled organised crime in London's East End during the 1950s and 60s. Responsible for the murders of George Cornell and Jack "The Hat" McVitie. [14]
Thomas "Tam" McGraw 1952–2007 1960s – 2000s Scottish mobster involved in extortion, narcotics and drug trafficking in Glasgow from the 1970s until his death in 2007. Was a gangland figure identified during the Glasgow Ice Cream Wars. [15]
Jack "the Hat" McVite 1932–1967 1950s – 1967 Kray Twins Drug trafficker and sometimes associate of the Kray twins. Lured to an underworld party, he was murdered by Reggie Kray following the failed gangland hit on suspected informant Leslie Payne. [16]
Messina Brothers 1930s – 1950s Maltese-born Sicilian mobsters who controlled prostitution and white slavery. [17]
Desmond Noonan b. 1959–2005 1980s – 2000s Noonan crime firm A senior member of the Noonan "crime firm" in Manchester, he became its leader following his release from prison in 2003. He and his brother Dominic were responsible for at least 25 unsolved murders during their 20-year reign in Manchester's underworld. [18]
Dominic Noonan 1966 1980s – 2000s Noonan crime firm Head of the Noonan "crime firm" during the 1980s and 90s. The Noonans were the subject of director Donal MacIntyre's 2006 documentary A Very British Gangster. [19]
Kenneth Noye b. 1947 1980s – 1990s Involved in the Brink's-Mat robbery in 1983 and subsequently stabbed police officer John Fordham to death.[20] Though acquitted for Fordham's death, Noye was convicted of the 1996 murder of Stephen Cameron. [21]
John Palmer 1950 - 2015 1960s - 2010s Known by the nickname "Goldfinger" Due to his involvement in melting down £26 million worth of gold from the 1983 Brink's-mat robbery to try to pass it off as legitimate.
Charlie and Eddie Richardson 1934–2012 (Charlie)
b. 1936 (Eddie)
1950s – 1967 Richardson Gang Brothers who co-led the Richardson Gang in South London during the 1960s. Rivals of the Kray Twins,[22] they were eventually imprisoned after being implicated in the murder of a South African businessman in 1967. [23]
Charles "Derby" Sabini 1888 - 1950 1920 - 1940 The Sabini Gang Referred to as the "King of Racecourse Gangs" and leader of the Sabini's, Ottavio Handley, more commonly known as Charles Sabini was a turn of the century era mobster who controlled many of the racecourse betting rackets in London until his imprisonment in 1940.
Bernie Silver 1922 - 2002 1950s - 1970s The Syndicate Silver was an English criminal, who was a leading crime boss in the London underworld of the 1950s to 1970s. Active in prostitution, pornography and racketeering.
Bobby Cummines 1951 - Present day 1960s - 1970s Youngest armed robber in Britain at 16, became a brutal hitman in the 70s but then went to prison, where former gangster Charlie Richardson persuaded him out of crime.


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  15. ^ Britain's top 10 richest (known) drug barons
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