Carlton Leach

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Carlton Leach
Born(1959-03-12) 12 March 1959 (age 54)
Canning Town, Essex)
NationalityEnglish
Alias(es)The Footsoldier
AllegianceThe ICF
Occupationauthor, former doorman, former football hooligan and bodybuilder
 
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Carlton Leach
Born(1959-03-12) 12 March 1959 (age 54)
Canning Town, Essex)
NationalityEnglish
Alias(es)The Footsoldier
AllegianceThe ICF
Occupationauthor, former doorman, former football hooligan and bodybuilder

Carlton Leach (born 12 March 1959) is an author, occasional actor and a former criminal.[1]

Early life[edit source | edit]

He was born in Canning Town in Essex (East London since 1965). Leach was catapulted into a criminal career by his love of West Ham United F.C. Before long, he was a member of the notorious Inter City Firm, a gang of hooligans who followed the East London club.

Criminal career[edit source | edit]

He started work as a bouncer in East London, where he became involved with Pat Tate and Tony Tucker, both of whom worked as large scale dealers in ecstasy during the rave era in the late 1980s.

Three of the gang, Pat Tate, Tony Tucker and Craig Rolfe, would eventually meet an abrupt and bloody end in December 1995, when they were shot to death in a Range Rover on a farm track in Rettendon, in what are known as the Rettendon Triple Murders.

In 2003 he wrote a memoir about his criminal exploits entitled Muscle. In 2007 a film based on the book was released entitled Rise of the Footsoldier starring Ricci Harnett as Leach.[2]

Personal life[edit source | edit]

He is a father of six children. He currently resides with his family in Hutton, Essex.

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