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Darren Gee says 'new wave' of criminals are out to kill him – Liverpool Echo, Liverpoolecho.co.uk


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A Liverpool man who was involved ina violent gang warhas spoken about coping with an ongoing threat to his life.

Darren Gee was jailed for 18 years after he wasfound guilty of organizing the murder of David Regan– a crime which formed part of the violent north Liverpool gang war that claimed several lives in 2004.

Gee, who was released from prison a couple of years ago,spoke to the ECHOabout the current threat to his life from young criminals.

In March l ast year a friend of Gee’s was shot and badly injured as he climbed into a taxi on Maryport Close. Darrentold the ECHOthat he was the intended target.

Darren Gee in North Liverpool.

The 40 – year-old said : “We had been decorating in a house on Maryport Close. It was time go and the taxi driver was waiting. My friend headed out first and then I heard shooting in the street.

“I tried to chase the lads on a bike but lost them. The bullets were meant for me. When the gunmen realized it was not me they stopped shooting.

“The man they shot was a window cleaner. He is still recovering physically and mentally from what happened. “

Geetold the ECHOthat the current threat to his life is from a group of young criminals from the L5 area.

Darren Gee in North Liverpool.

He said that last year he received two threat to life notices fromMerseyside Police– andthe ECHOhas seen one of the written warnings.

It reads: “Merseyside Policeis in receipt of information that there is a significant risk of a threat to your personal safety. “

He said: “This crew are the new wave and they want me out of the way. I remember some of them from when I was involved in crime years ago.

“I used to feed them when they were kids but now they have turned on me. They know I am no longer active but they want the kudos of killing me.

“When they walk in a room they want to be known as the man who shot Darren Gee. “

The letter advised Gee to leave the area, and provided safety advice.

Geetold the ECHOthat he was approached by criminals when he returned toEvertonafter his release from prison.

He said: “They came to see me and I told them I was out. I was no longer interested in selling drugs.”

Gee said that his refusal to seek revenge for last year shooting has been perceived as weakness by some.

Darren Gee

He said: “People know I could have hit back but I chose not to. I am not part of that life anymore. Some people think it is because I am scared or weak now.

“But its because I am a different man now. I have no interest in ganglife, drugs or guns. It takes strength to let it go and move on. The old me would have hit back but that is not me anymore. “

Gee said that when he was released from prison he was handed a list of names that he could not associate with anymore.

He said: “That was not a problem because I turned my back on the old crew years ago. I have not spoken to these people in years and I have no plans to renew any old associations.

“That is all gone now. My brothers are all in jail now. Ian is the only one left on the outside but he is still recovering from a shooting in 2004. ” (

TheEverton) man said that a well known young criminal from north Liverpool was behind the threat to his life.

Former gang member Darren Gee has said there is a threat to his life from criminals in Liverpool

He said: “This kid has money and has put a price on me. He had a 14 – year-old boy slashed across the face because he is related to me. The message was clearly that I am next. “

Gee accepted that many people would lack any sympathy for him.

Former gang member Darren Gee has said there is a threat to his life from criminals in Liverpool

He said: “Yes I understand the ‘live by the sword’ argument because its true. I am not scared of dying but if a gunman or knifeman confronts me I will try and defend myself.

“My main fear is that an innocent person could get hurt. I don’t want that to happen.

“I made terrible decisions when I was younger and I am now paying the price. I have no home, no money and no future.

“I am sleeping on friends’ sofas and moving around the city. If certain people know where I am they will try and shoot me.

“In a way they remind me of the way I used to be. care about anything and think they are something.

“But like me all those years ago, they are deluded.”

Darren Gee was directly involved in a gang war which raged across the city in 2004

Gee, along with his brothers Daniel and Stephen, were based on the Grizedale estate in Everton

Police set up a community task force based at Walton Lane police station to try and target the brother’s crime group

When the Gees fell out with a rival crime group gang it resulted in a spate of shootings. Craig Barker, a friend of the Gees, was shot dead on the estate

In retaliation Darren Gee organized the cold blooded murder of David Regan, who owned a car wash in Old Swan

In the same year criminal associates of the Gees let off a wave of massive car bombs outside nightclubs, family homes and police stations

Andy Cooke, the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, recently spoke to the ECHO about the level of threat posed by organized crime in 2004

He said that there were 10 fatal shootings and 112 discharges in 2004, compared to five fatal shootings and 79 discharges over the last 12 months

Daniel and Stephen Gee are now serving long prison sentences. William Moore and Darren Waterhouse are serving life sentences for the murder of Craig Barker

Mark Richardson, a former associate of the Gees, is serving a life sentence for the murder of Michael Wright

Gee said that he would like to have a legacy in the city,telling the ECHO: “If something does happen to me I want my death to be seen as a cautionary tale.

” And that tale is that gang life leads to jail, poverty, isolation and death. I want the kids to know that. “

Police confirmed they were investigating two shootings in Maryport Close last year.

The first incident happened at around 8. 10 pm on March 18 when a man in his 40 s was shot as he sat in the back seat of a taxi.

The victim, a man in his 40 s, received serious leg injuries.

In the second incident at around 6. 25 pm on June 18 shots were fired in Maryport Close although nobody was inju red.

Detective Inspector Jacky Fitzpatrickspoke to the ECHOabout the injury shooting. She said: “This incident resulted in serious injuries to the victim, which have required ongoing treatment.

” Given the circumstances, the outcome could have been even worse, and we continue to appeal to anyone who holds information which may assist. Were you in the area and witnessed the incident, or have heard anything since then?

“As time passes, allegiances and circumstances can change, and people might feel more comfortable in coming forward.If that is you, let us know.

“We will handle all information with sensitivity and if you would prefer to be anonymous, call Crimestoppers instead, which is completely independent of police. ”

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Anyone with information can contact @MerPolCC, call 101 with reference 18200058925 or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.

The crime reference for the shooting in June is 18200126706

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Darren Gee was directly involved in a gang war which raged across the ci ty in 2004

Gee, along with his brothers Daniel and Stephen, were based on the Grizedale estate in Everton

Police set up a community task force based at Walton Lane police station to try and target the brother’s crime group

When the Gees fell out with a rival crime group gang it resulted in a spate of shootings. Craig Barker, a friend of the Gees, was shot dead on the estate

In retaliation Darren Gee organized the cold blooded murder of David Regan, who owned a car wash in Old Swan

In the same year criminal associates of the Gees let off a wave of massive car bombs outside nightclubs, family homes and police stations

Andy Cooke, the Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, recently spoke to the ECHO about the level of threat posed by organized crime in 2004

He said that there were 10 fatal shootings and 112 discharges in 2004, compared to five fatal shootings and 79 discharges over the last 12 months

Daniel and Stephen Gee are now serving long prison sentences. William Moore and Darren Waterhouse are serving life sentences for the murder of Craig Barker

Mark Richardson, a former associate of the Gees, is serving a life sentence for the murder of Michael Wright

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