TONY Tucker was one of the members of the Essex boys who were shot dead in the Rettendon murder.
Get to know more about the criminal life of Tony Tucker.
Tony Tucker (centre) was a member of the Essex BoysCredit: Enterprise News and Pictures
Who was Tony Tucker?
Tony Tucker was the head of a security firm that provided security for nightclubs across Essex.
He was also the security guard for former super middleweight champion Nigel Benn.
As a member of the gang he ran drugs into Essex clubs during the 1980s and 1990s – inflicting a reign of terror.
He specialised in punishment beatings and frequently used torture as a means of getting people into line.
The gangster was ultimately responsible for supplying the ecstasy pill that led to the shocking death of Leah Betts, 18, in November 1995.
Who were the Essex Boys?
The Essex Boys were a gang that operated in 1980s and 1990s.
They were mainly involved in drug deals and were thought to be major players in the ecstasy trade that fuelled Britain’s booming rave scene.
The gang eventually became one of the most notorious in British history and sparked a number of films including Essex Boys – starring Sean Bean.
How did Tony Tucker die?
All three of them were “blasted” by a shotgun from close range, lying blood-covered and slumped in the vehicle until they were discovered by two local farmers the next morning.
The victims were all known members of the Essex Boys, and numerous theories formed surrounding how they came to be shot eight times.
Michael Steele and Jack Wholmes were the ones that were convicted of the murders after Darren Nicholls – who was the getaway driver – gave evidence against the two.
It is believed that the murder happened over a conflict over money from an armed robbery.
This was after statements made by criminal Billy Jasper were looked at which claimed that he was the actual getaway driver and that Brink’s Mat money launderer Patsy “Bolt Eyes” Clark was the one who wanted them dead.
Met Police DCI Dave McKelvey said, as reported by The Express: “They had the name of a major criminal, said to be behind the murders, the gunman, a credible motive and intelligence linking Tucker and money from the robbery.
“They also had the account of a man claiming to be the getaway driver, but chose to dismiss what he said because it did not fit with their theory about Wholmes and Steele.”