London gang leader Charlie Richardson, who was a rival to the Kray twins, has died, according to Sky sources. Richardson, aged 78, fronted the notorious Richardson Gang, a group of criminals based in the south east of the city. His life story was made into a drama in 2004 starring actor Luke Goss. Richardson had been trying for years to clear his name after he was jailed for 25 years in 1967 when the Old Bailey heard lurid evidence from men who fell out with him and his brother Eddie and were summoned to their scrap metal yard. A key prosecution witness was travel agent Lucian Harris, who said he was tortured for information after his partner disappeared owing the Richardsons money. Richardson said a key witness lied and the judge was biased because he knew one of his fellow defendants and the jury foreman.
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