Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I Should Have Been Killed a Million Times

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I Should Have Been Killed a Million Times

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Byline: Angus Hoy

A hard man who admits dispensing summary justice to drug dealers today revealed the grim life of the Teesside underworld.

Brian Cockerill says he has spent years tackling drugs and crime in a bid to keep the area's communities trouble-free.

Now he has told his life story in a book.

The Taxman Cometh describes how bodybuilding as a teenager led Cockerill deep into the underworld of club door work and street fighting.

Cockerill was signing copies of his book at Bookworld in Middlesbrough's Hill Street Centre on Saturday.

"I was working in Redcar on the doors, and I started fighting gypsies for money - I've beaten every fighter I've come up against in 20 years," he says.

Drug dealers proved easy - and lucrative - targets: "I go and take two or three grand from some dealer and destroy the drugs, it puts them out of business and means there are less drugs on the streets."

But the 40-year-old father of one from Stockton stresses his main aim is to keep communities trouble-free, and now puts his energies into running his own security firm. …

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