By Carlton Leach
'The very first thing that stuck my eye used to be the geezer with the gold enamel - the second one used to be that he was once retaining a shooter - and the 3rd that he was once pointing it at me.' Carlton Leach is a gangland legend - the mere point out of his identify moves worry into his enemies; but to his neighbors he's as dependable and being concerned as they arrive. If difficulty comes calling, Carlton isn't really afraid to enable his fists do the speaking and woe betide a person who crosses him, or these with reference to him. finally, in upward thrust of the Footsoldier, Carlton supplies the total account of his existence together with how his tale has been made right into a highly profitable movie. Born and raised in East London, Carlton was once a key member of the infamous Essex Boys gang and the West Ham InterCity enterprise, essentially the most violent hooligan gangs to bother the soccer terraces throughout the eighties. he is been shot at, stabbed, glassed - he is even had an awl in his head. but the development that actually introduced turmoil into his existence used to be the homicide of his ally in...
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The bullet whizzed past my left ear and thudded into the wooden hull of the boat. I thought, Fuck, he’s really going to kill me. I knew I had to kill him first. The power of the steroids and the coke made me feel strong again. I could walk through a wall. Then, suddenly, I wasn’t frightened any more. I was bouncing a bit by now. ’ He fired another shot – Bang! That went past the other ear. He was running towards me and the next shot might not miss. I looked for some cover behind a tree. Bang! He took another shot.
Does he think I need protection? He’s not part of my normal circle but he seems to be picking up bad vibes involving me. What’s going on? ’ But the doubt was there. I knew something sinister was in the air. What had it all come to now, geezers trying to flog me a shooter while I’m out with my family? Things weren’t right. If you live in a world of criminals, there are only two places you are likely to end up – in prison or in the graveyard. And I didn’t fancy either. I knew that from the moment I put a gun in my pocket – and I’m not saying guns hadn’t been in my possession a few times – I had to be prepared to use it.
That’s why I live in a home with secure access only, and when I walk out of the door I check there’s no one suspicious hanging around. No bastard’s coming to take me by surprise. They might be waiting out there for me one dark night, but I won’t go down without a fight, that’s for sure. I suppose it’s the price I’ve got to pay for getting caught up in one of the most notorious multiple murders in England. I was one of the first people hauled in for questioning after the shootings. Because I hadn’t been with the victims, the Old Bill thought I must have had something to do with it.