The anticipated return of Gangs of London this week will see violence and chaos in our capital once again dramatised on the screen.
The second season of the Emmy award winning show is out on October 20 with fans excited to see what’s in store for the gangsters associated with the infamous Wallace family.
But here we take a look at one of London’s most dangerous gangsters in real life who was nicknamed after Mike Tyson.
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Gary Nelson gained himself a gruesome reputation – particularly after murdering a civilian for “disrespecting” him before laughing minutes later when he gunned down a police officer.
Below, we take a look at the vicious outlaw who is currently locked away behind bars.
Cop killer Nelson was once described by police as a "hit man and the most dangerous man in London". He was obsessed with guns and he climbed the criminal ranks as a teenager to make himself wealthy.
He drove flash cars, had a luxury apartment and spent his fortune on designer clothes.
The South-London career criminal is from Woolwich and he was nicknamed Tyson because of how similar he looked to the former heavyweight world champion.
And double murderer Nelson also had a trigger temper that could explode at any moment.
This was never more apparent than in October 1993, when two men tragically lost their lives at the uncompromising hands of Nelson.
The first was William Danso, a 31-year-old doorman and security guard.
One day he refused Nelson, who was 23 at the time, entry into a club before he broke up a fight involving the gangster.
Nelson, and two accomplices who were never caught, laughed as they hailed bullets at Danso on Cato Road, Clapham.
It was later revealed in court how Nelson felt Danso was “disrespecting” him before he cruelly took his life.
Patrol officer Patrick Dunne, who was a 44-year-old former maths teacher, was investigating a separate incident nearby when he heard the ominous sound of gunshots.
He bravely responded but was struck with a bullet to the chest that instantly killed him.
Horrified onlookers later described how they heard Nelson and his buddies laugh as they strolled away while a celebratory bullet was fired into the air.
Weeks later later Nelson was charged with the murders – before the case was dropped due to lack of evidence.
It took 13 years before he finally saw justice. But it was revealed that the guns were supplied by corrupt officers Brynmor Lindop and Sydney Wink.
Gangland informer Lindop was eventually sentenced to two years for “corruption at the highest level” while Winks fatally shot himself after his home was raided. Lindop himself was later shot dead outside his home in 2002.
But rather than lay low after the two murders of Danso and Dunne, Nelson still found himself getting into bother with the law.
He was jailed for a road rage incident before reportedly running at prison officers while naked and armed with a broom handle.
After being released he was later jailed for life in 2003 for possession of firearms after a raid of his apartment in Woolwich uncovered his “hit man kit”.
And it was while behind bars that he finally faced justice for the two murders of the doorman and police officer.
Detective Chief Inspector Steve Richardson said at the time: "He is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous men in the country and it is to be hoped he is never released."
He added: "He was a hit man but he was so much more than that. Hit men are at the bottom of the criminal food chain, taking the orders. Nelson was at the very top, giving them. He killed whoever he wanted or arranged to have them killed."
A brother of PC Dunne, Ivan, added outside Woolwich Crown Court: "He [Nelson] loved the gun and lived by the gun but he did not have the moral courage to face us when he was being sentenced. I do not forgive him and never will."
Nelson was found guilty of both murders and was handed further life sentences but refused to leave Belmarsh prison to hear the verdict.
And police suspect he is responsible for even more deaths.
And speaking to the London Evening Standard, former cop turned crime author, Mike Pannett, who worked on the original case, said: “He was the most dangerous man in London and he had taken on the mantle left by the Yardies. Nelson was king, and to be king you had to terrorise so no one would doubt the lengths to which you were prepared to go.”
Pannett, who wrote In Crime Squad: Life And Death On London’s Front Line, added: “I have no doubt Gary Nelson was responsible for more killings, but no one would speak, he had a hold over the community. I would say he was responsible for three to four other murders.”
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