Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Enforcer's Son Arrested with Knife

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Enforcer's Son Arrested with Knife

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THE son of a notorious Teesside gangster who was stabbed to death in a fight was spared jail yesterday after he was arrested with a knife.

Peter Duffy, 30, whose father Lee Duffy was an enforcer for gangs in Middlesbrough, was caught with a carpet knife blade when police arrested him for suspected burglary in South Bank.

His lawyer Graham Brown told Teesside Crown Court that Duffy was traumatised by his father''s violent death and he had never been allowed to have much peace.

He said that the burglary charge and another for abstracting electricity were later dropped, and Duffy was left with the offence of possession of a bladed article which carried a maximum sentence of six months in the magistrates court.

Mr Brown added that Duffy lived with his partner and their young child, and when he heard a noise outside he ran from the house forgetting that he had a broken blade in his pocket.

Prosecutor Emma Atkinson said Duffy was seen running from a property in South Bank, at 8. …

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