THE main rival of the infamous Kray twins has finally revealed what happened during the bloodbath gun battle which sparked the London gangsters’ do
THE main rival of the infamous Kray twins has finally revealed what happened during the bloodbath gun battle which sparked the London gangsters’ downfall.
Eddie Richardson was part of the notorious Richardson gang which used pliers to pull out of the teeth of the enemies.
They were huge rivals with the Krays and were involved in an infamous gunfight with a different South London mob at a club in Catford in 1996.
One man was killed and four were seriously wounded following the brutal fight which Eddie described as the “gunfight at the O.K Corral”. He still has pellets in his leg from that night.
Members of the Richardson gang ended up in either hospital or on remand in prison following the shootout – leaving the door wide open for the Krays to strike.
Eddie has now written a new book where he reveals what happened during a gun fight in Catford, South East London, saying the night was the “like the Wild West”.
He explained how he was put in charge of the “security” at a club called Mr Smith’s in 1966 because it was “having trouble with rowdy customers”.
Eddie was “running the door” one evening but a rival gang were already inside claiming they were responsible for the club’s security.
A huge fight broke out between Eddie and a gang member called Peter Hennessey.
According to the Mirror, he wrote: “Hennessy yelled at me: ‘You, I’m gonna have a f****** straightener with you.’
“You want a straightener, you can have one,’ I told him. We went out to the dance floor and went at it.
“There were guns about and I expected a bullet in the back at any moment.
I didn’t feel it at the time but I also suffered a shotgun blast, all across my buttocks and the back of my leg.
“I thumped him and he went down. I got astride him and I wanted to punch his head through the floorboards but he was shouting: ‘I’ve had enough, I’ve had enough.’”
He then described the moment he turned around and saw a “bloody circus” with the whole club fighting inside.
At least three of the Richardson gang were shot during the battle.
He wrote: “I didn’t feel it at the time but I also suffered a shotgun blast, all across my buttocks and the back of my leg.
HAD TO GET OUT
“The street was lighting up like a Christmas tree and we had to get out of there.”
He was rushed to hospital before being charged with “making an affray” and was later remanded in Brixton Prison.
His brother, Charlie, was in South Africa at the time and with the Richardson gang hurt, Ronnie Kray seized his opportunity.
Two days after the fight, Ronnie shot Richardson gang member George Cornell dead in the Blind Beggar pub in Whitechapel.
Ronnie was later convicted of his murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.
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Eddie added: “Ron Kray couldn’t believe his luck. On 9 March 1966, two nights after the gunfight at Mr Smith’s, Ronnie Kray shot George Cornell dead.”
“We were all in hospital under arrest and Charlie was in South Africa when Ronnie Kray killed George. The coast was clear for him.
“Until then, the Krays had never had the bottle to make a move against us. George used to work for my brother Charlie and had grown up in the East End with the twins.”
No Handcuffs – The Final Word On My War With The Krays by Eddie Richardson, published by John Blake, is out now.
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