JOEY Pyle Sr. was a household name to law enforcement in England.
He was one of the lesser known gangsters back then, but he was just as dangerous.
Who Was Joey Pyle Sr?
Joey Pyle Sr was born Joseph Henry Pyle in 1935 in London’s East End.
He was the head of one of London’s leading crime families from the 1960s to the 1990s.
He had a 30-year criminal career.
However, his official occupations included merchant, car dealer, and street vendor.
He even billed himself as a film director, although his only income was directing a video for pop star Gary Numan.
At the age of 19, he was convicted of auto theft and sentenced to three months in prison.
Five years later he stood trial at the Old Bailey and was charged with the murder of Selwyn Cooney, a nightclub owner.
If convicted, he could face the death penalty.
The first trial was abandoned after the jury was “addressed” and he was acquitted of murder at the second trial.
However, he was convicted and jailed for 18 months for assaulting Selwyn Cooney shortly before he was shot.
Joey was arrested repeatedly in the years that followed and repeatedly evaded prosecution.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Joey organized illegal loans and gambling rackets.
He also carried out racketeering and racketeering schemes. After fighting broke out in pubs, Joey offered protection.
Pub owners who refused his protection were attacked.
Joey’s demands for protection became so extortionate that the landlords eventually had to sell to him and his employees cheaply.
Frustrated at not being able to convict Joey, police turned against his liquor licenses, but he survived anyway.
In the 1980s, Joey set up a massive drug trafficking operation, smuggling up to 200kg of cannabis into the UK every week.
In 1987 he was arrested by a joint police-customs effort after a £5million cannabis smuggling scheme was uncovered.
However, the case collapsed after a key witness, a German ship’s captain, refused to testify.
Joey’s protective detail extended to pop stars and rock groups.
His criminal reach knew no bounds, and the FBI claimed to have evidence linking Joey to members of the Genovese and Gambino families.
He was finally tried in 1992 when he was convicted of masterminding a multi-million pound drug ring and sentenced to 14 years in prison.
The first trial was dropped when three jurors claimed they would have received death threats if they did not acquit.
The jury in the second trial was given 24-hour police guard duty, costing the taxpayer a further £1million.
He was released in 1997, insisting he had left his life of crime behind and was working behind-the-scenes in the music industry with his son, Joe Jr.
How did Joey Pyle Sr die?
Joey died in 2007 from motor neuron disease.
His funeral was attended by the Richardsons and the Krays, two of London’s most famous crime families who were sworn enemies.
When he was buried, American soul singer Jocelyn Brown sang as his coffin was lowered into the ground.
Was Joey Pyle Sr married?
There are no confirmed reports that Joey was married, but he did have a son.
In an interview with Shaun Attwood, his son talks about how his mother visits his father in prison to bring him Sunday roasts.
Who is Joey Pyle Jr?
Joey Pyle Jr. is the son of Joey Pyle Sr.
He was involved in crime from a young age. Speaking about his first arrest, he said:
“I think it was 14 years old. I was on Putney High Street and I stole a shirt. And then I took it back without a receipt and said I bought this shirt, can I have my money back?”
He chuckles as he recalls doing this multiple times before being caught and cautioned for cheating and cheating.
His first imprisonment came after he was convicted of actual assault.
In the early ’90s, after Joey Jr. was released from prison, he set out to earn a license as a professional boxing promoter.
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