CARLTON LEACH was a notorious British criminal in the 1980s and 1990s before deciding to give up his life of crime and become a reformed man.
After turning his back on crime, Leach became a bestselling author and the subject of a film that grossed £220,868.
Who is Carlton Leach?
Leach, now 63, has lived a more complicated life than most.
He became involved in crime at a young age after joining the football hooligan gang Inter City Firm.
They are an English football hooligan company associated with West Ham FC.
The gang got their name because they used InterCity trains to travel to away games and engage in nefarious beatings with opposing fans.
The Inter City Firm became notorious for their habit of leaving a card on the bodies of those who were attacked that read, “Congratulations, you’ve just met the ICF.”
While part of the gang, Leach met Tony Tucker, Craig Rolfe, and Pat Tate.
The four men later became members of the notorious Essex Boys gang, which started a gruesome drug war in the 1990s.
The 63-year-old was one of Britain’s most feared faces during his 20-year career as a criminal.
The former criminal decided to turn his back on a life of crime after three of his best friends and gang mates were murdered in a drug-related shootout.
Tucker, Rolfe and Tate were all shot dead during the 1995 Range Rover shooting.
The three drug dealers were shot in their car on a small dirt road in Rettendon.
What is Carlton Leach known for?
The former criminal became known for sharing his story and trying to help people avoid entering a life of crime.
He has written three autobiographies, including his most recent book, which became an overnight bestseller on Amazon.
In 2003, Leach wrote his first autobiography, titled Muscle, about his experiences as a criminal.
His memoir was then adapted into the 2007 film Rise of the foot soldier.”
Then, in 2009, he wrote his second memoir, Rise of the Footsoldier: In My Game, the Choice Is a Jail or a Grave, which details his stories of violence, gang crime, and the loss of his best friend.
Then, in October 2021, the former criminal released his latest, best-selling autobiography entitled CARLTON: The Final Say.
The book details his early and criminal life, as well as the last two decades of his life since.
What films has Carlton Leach been in?
Bafta nominated director Julian Gilbey adapted Leach’s life story into a 2007 film entitled Rise of the Footsoldier.
Actor Ricci Harnett played Leach in the film.
The British crime and gangster film grossed £220,868 and had a sequel in 2015 which followed Leach after the Rettendon murders.
The 63-year-old also inspired the 2015 film Essex Boys: Law of Survival, which detailed the Essex Boys Gang and the 1995 Range Rover murders.
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