Paul Malik the handsome Arab, inherited the laundry business from his father who came to live in England in 1948 and started life in Liverpool, He buys his first shop with six old washing machines when he moves to the Arab and Jewish community in Benwell in Newcastle. He notices how the community struggle to wash clothes by hand and sets about opening a laundrette. Des Baldwin, the racial bigot does not like Paul or any other black man or woman for that matter. He works in a garage on waterville road and does fiddle work on the side. There is a knock on his door one evening and a bony faced man in a suit asks if he will repair a friends car. the 1968 Jaguar belongs to Darren Ingles a notorious gangster from the West End of Newcastle. The car has been used in a robbery and has been damaged. Read how Des' gets involved with the mob. The story is set in 1971 and will take you to Manchester, and Tenerife and the Canary islands. This is a story of drug trafficking, Dealing and murder.


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The press took photos of the bald man in the white suit and dark glasses. The Mr big of Tenerife had finally been caught.

Paul King and his associated were later arrested trying to escape. King was shot in the leg and had to go to hospital under house arrest two police officers guarded the room that he was in day and night.


Four months later all five men stood in the dock in London’s Old Bailey. Colin Sarin, Darren Ingles, Paul King, Hamza Bagheri, and Zineb Kader were all charged with possession, drug trafficking with intent to supply, money laundering, Tax fraud, and murder.

“All assets were seized and the case dragged on for over two months but finally they were sentenced to over thirty years each. Darren Ingles was also charged with robbery of a security van and the murder of Graeme Smith and the assault of Gordon Philips.

They had no proof that Ingles had murdered Smith or the assault on Philips but because Ingles kept a record of all his ill gotten gains they got him on the count of stealing Five million pounds from a security van. He received a further thirty years; he would surely die in prison as would Sarin who was near sixty.

The police team were commended for their co-operation for bringing to justice the biggest drug lords ever.

Tanya received a massive reward for her part after she went on video link via a secret location to give evidence against Ingles and Sarin.

She flew out with Jonathan Harding to start a new life on the other side of the world she was given a new name and identity. She changed the colour of her hair all the assets in her name she was allowed to keep by law. So she was one wealthy woman.




Two months after the trial the bodies of Ernie Kay and Harry Buck were discovered in a lock up in Gateshead. They had both been strangled.



Des Baldwin read about the case in the newspapers; He found the drug package in the back of the car and through a friend sold it for one hundred thousand pounds. He also sold the Jag and bought himself a brand new Kawasaki motor bike. He now spends every weekend up in the Scottish hills where he rides in speeds of 120 miles per hour.

During the week he fixes washing machines and driers for Paul who he is now good friends with.

Jenny his daughter started college; and Paul and her got engaged in December. She continues to work in the laundrette and hopes to help Paul expand the business.


 Barry Davis came back to England he followed Melvyn Gunn for over a week then one evening to his home after Gunn came out of the Blackie Boy in Newcastle; using a cattle prod to render Gunn unconscious he then tortured him for four hours until he confessed to the murders of his three friends. He then took Melvyn’s own gun and shot him through the eye. The bullet blew out the back of his head.

Barry returned to Tenerife soon after where he helped Ramos Ortiz by giving him enough money to retire. Then he flew to America, changed his identity and lives in a modest New England house in Pennsylvania.

He has more than enough money to last him the rest of his life.

“Who says crime doesn’t pay he thought to himself.’

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