Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Teesside's Most Feared Hardman Who Met His End at the Hands of Former Pal; ON the Second Day of the Gazette's Crimes That Shook Teesside Series, SOPHIE BARLEY Looks at the Death of One of Middlesbrough's Most Notorious Criminals, Lee Duffy

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Teesside's Most Feared Hardman Who Met His End at the Hands of Former Pal; ON the Second Day of the Gazette's Crimes That Shook Teesside Series, SOPHIE BARLEY Looks at the Death of One of Middlesbrough's Most Notorious Criminals, Lee Duffy

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Byline: SOPHIE BARLEY

TEESSIDE hardman Lee Duffy was a marked man living on borrowed time when he was killed in a street stabbing.

Prior to his violent death in 1991, the ex-boxer and bouncer had already survived three alleged attempts on his life - he was shot on two occasions and once had petrol poured over him.

One of Duffy's acquaintances once said: "He was like The Terminator - he kept saying 'I'll be back".

Duffy lived in a violent and unpredictable world of drugs. And in that shadow world there was no honour. Eventually, the cycle of violence turned back on the South Bank born hardman.

In August 1991 Duffy's life came to a violent end when he was stabbed during a brutal street brawl in Marton Road, Middlesbrough aged just 26.

News of his death spread like wildfire.

The man with the reputation as the most feared thug on Teesside was dead.

Duffy met his death at the hands of David Allison.

The men were once friends but the friendship ended in bitter rivalry.

The final bloody minutes of Duffy's life started with a brief exchange of words with Allison at a blues party in the Afro Caribbean Centre.

Witnesses said that Duffy had "poisoned the atmosphere" at the party by ordering everyone to get out of his way.

The two men then walked out to the car park. A huge crowd gathered to watch barechested Duffy - who was high on a mixture of cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy - start to get the better of Allison, who was having his head banged on the ground.

Onlookers said Duffy was beating Allison, who was armed with a knuckleduster, "fair and square" and "did him quite a bit of damage".

Then a friend of Allison's passed him a knife and he plunged it into Duffy's side, underneath his left arm. Duffy collapsed in the middle of the road, calling for help. …

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