Paul Massey (gangster)
Massey was born and brought up in Ordsall, Salford, by his mother Rose Massey and father John Massey, one of six children. When Massey was 12, he was arrested for criminal damage and sent to approved school.
In the 1990s, Massey established several security companies. Through these businesses, he and his gang were able to control the doors of several Manchester-area nightclubs. At the time of his death, the regional organised crime squad was investigating Massey over allegations of money-laundering.
Conviction and imprisonment
In 1999, Massey was sentenced to 14 years in prison for stabbing a man in the groin.
On 26 July 2015, Massey was shot dead outside his home on Manchester Road, Clifton by a lone gunman. Mark Fellows, The killer, was reported to have been wearing military style fatigues and carried a weapon "similar to a sub machine gun". The Greater Manchester Police offered a £50,000 reward for information pertaining to the killing of Massey.
Authorities in the Manchester area feared an escalation in gang-violence related to Massey's death. Manchester police believe that the shooting of a 29-year-old woman and her seven-year-old son was linked to retribution for the Massey killing. From January–December 2015, there were 19 shootings in Salford.
Massey was given the nickname "Mr. Big" by city councillor Joe Burrows during a meeting in 1992 held to address ongoing civil disturbances in Salford.
Massey had five children and eight grandchildren.
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