Roy Francis Adkins

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Roy Francis Adkins (4 October 1947, Hammersmith, London[1] – 28 September 1990) was an English gangster. He was a recognised London gangland figure during the 1970s and 80s.

Adkins started his career in robbery and, as with many criminal figures during that period, moved into drug smuggling, primarily cannabis. He had a reputation for a quick temper and for being very physically imposing and strong and was a feared figure for many years. During the 1980s he became partners with Klaas Bruinsma in the Netherlands and was allegedly appointed as head of the drugs division of the Bruinsma organisation. Adkins was implicated in April 1990 in the murder in Spain of ex train robber Charles Wilson[2] although this was never proven. Adkins was involved in a fight and shoot out with Bruinsma in the famous Amsterdam night club/brothel Yab Yum and his refusal to submit or back down to Bruinsma is widely believed to have directly led to his murder. He was shot dead in the Nightwatch bar of the American Hotel in Amsterdam on 28 September 1990.


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  2. ^ Campbell, Duncan (21 November 1991). "Shot gang boss wanted robber dead". The Guardian. The man who ordered the killing of the Great Train Robber Charlie Wilson was himself shot dead in an Amsterdam bar, a London inquest was told yesterday. Roy Francis Adkins, a 42-year-old Londoner, was killed in the Nightwatch bar of the American Hotel in Amsterdam on September 28, last year.