Jail for crime gang who brought fear to St Helens streets

St Helens Star: Pictured (top left to right) Norman Worrall, Christopher Lunt, Christoper Kendall, Mark Jervis. Bottom (left to right) Crimea Eugene Price, Stephen Finney, David Doolan, Debbie Ballard. Pictured (top left to right) Norman Worrall, Christopher Lunt, Christoper Kendall, Mark Jervis. Bottom (left to right) Crimea Eugene Price, Stephen Finney, David Doolan, Debbie Ballard.

EIGHT members of a criminal gang who brought “fear and misery to the streets of St Helens” have been sent to prison for a combined total of more than 97 years.

Crimea Eugene Price, a crime kingpin from the travelling community, and seven others were involved in the supply of Class A drugs through the town, Liverpool Crown Court was told.

Price, who headed up the gang, used guns and violence to protect his supply chain.

He has been jailed for 25 years after being convicted of conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life, conspiracy to commit arson and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs

Two of his lieutenants, Christopher Lunt and David Doolan, were sentenced for 21 and 18 years respectively.

Six others including Christopher Kendall, Norman Worrall, Debbie Ballard, Stephen Finney and Mark Jervis were convicted of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

During an the investigation detectives discovered the gang’s main players were responsible for gun shots being fired at Derbyshire Road, Derbyshire Hill on February 27, 2012, and Leonard Street, St Helens on February 14 2012.

They also plotted arson attacks at Leonard Street, Sutton, on July 31 2011; Waring Avenue, Parr, on February 13, 2012, Coronation Road, Windle, on February 21, 2012 and Ann Street West, Widnes, on March 30, 2012.

Detective Superintendent Richie Salter, said: "This has been a lengthy and complex investigation which has resulted in eight individuals receiving significant sentences which reflect the severity of the offences they have committed.

"These people had access to firearms and were not afraid to use them. They had a complete disregard for the safety and lives of others.

"When you look at the photographs of the damage caused by shots fired at a caravan parked on the driveway of a house on Leonard Street it really brings home the complete disregard that these people have for the lives of others - at the time of the shooting a five-year-old child was asleep on the bed.

“We are so fortunate that the child, or others who were in the caravan were not seriously injured, or killed."

He added: "The drugs they supplied, with the help of others, will have caused untold misery in local communities in and around St Helens.

"It is a circle of misery that serious criminals like these care nothing about. As long as they can line their pockets with the profits they make they don't care about the consequences caused by the drugs they deal.

"These people through their use of violence caused fear in their local community, but hopefully the results today show that we can do something to stop these people from terrorising our streets.

"Since these people were arrested members of the community have come forward and spoken to us and residents have also said that it has been much quieter and they feel safer and it is really encouraging that people now have the confidence to come forward and to speak to us.

"My message to any community who may find themselves in this position is to come forward as soon as possible.

“By working with us at the earliest opportunity you can help to make your community safer.

“We can do everything within our power to build up the evidence and take these type of people off the streets before they become a major problem."

  • Crimea Eugene Price, 34, of Tilbury Grove, Leeds, was sentenced to 25 years
  • David Doolan, 28, of Merton Road, Bootle, was sentenced to 18 years
  • Christopher Lunt, 27, of Meadowfield, Hindley Green was sentenced to 21 years
  • Christopher Kendall, 29, of Meadowfield, Hindley Green, was sentenced to 13 years
  • Norman Worrall, 58, of Worcester Road, Bootle, was sentenced to six years
  • Debbie Ballard, 43, of Cleveland Street, St Helens, was sentenced to five years
  • Stephen Finney, 21, of Lambourne Grove, St Helens, was sentenced to five years
  • Mark Jervis, 32, of Surrey Street, St Helens, was sentenced to four years

 

 

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9:35pm Fri 13 Dec 13

MrBenggo says...

Pleased to read this,at last someone gets jailed,but will they serve the full term.
Pleased to read this,at last someone gets jailed,but will they serve the full term. MrBenggo

10:00pm Fri 13 Dec 13

amber2014 says...

People shouldn't be so quick to believe all that they hear or read!! Corruption & collusion is everywhere!! The real terrorists, the ones that make the lives of so many decent St Helens folk are very much still at large.
People shouldn't be so quick to believe all that they hear or read!! Corruption & collusion is everywhere!! The real terrorists, the ones that make the lives of so many decent St Helens folk are very much still at large. amber2014

9:09am Sat 14 Dec 13

alfiej says...

Prison too good for these. What kind of person shoots where young children are? If you got a problem with someone you sort it out one to one, not by shooting a gun and running off - that to me is a coward !!!
Prison too good for these. What kind of person shoots where young children are? If you got a problem with someone you sort it out one to one, not by shooting a gun and running off - that to me is a coward !!! alfiej

5:20pm Sat 14 Dec 13

amber2014 says...

Is it just me that smells a rat here? Considering a young boy had been shot at in that bed...... it doesn't even look slept in!! or was the caravan cleaned up after 'evidence' was gathered??
Is it just me that smells a rat here? Considering a young boy had been shot at in that bed...... it doesn't even look slept in!! or was the caravan cleaned up after 'evidence' was gathered?? amber2014

12:33am Sun 15 Dec 13

Keva68 says...

A fine looking bunch of scholars indeed a true loss to the advance of science.
A fine looking bunch of scholars indeed a true loss to the advance of science. Keva68

9:25pm Wed 18 Dec 13

amber2014 says...

The paper could put 8 random mug shots up there & they would all look like scum!! Judge not! People in glass houses really shouldn't be casting stones!!!
The paper could put 8 random mug shots up there & they would all look like scum!! Judge not! People in glass houses really shouldn't be casting stones!!! amber2014

11:51am Thu 19 Dec 13

Keva68 says...

amber2014 wrote:
The paper could put 8 random mug shots up there & they would all look like scum!! Judge not! People in glass houses really shouldn't be casting stones!!!
You are correct the paper did put 8 mug shots up and yes they all do look like scum and as they were found guilty I would imagine they are scum.
Congratulations to the police on taking people like these off the streets.
[quote][p][bold]amber2014[/bold] wrote: The paper could put 8 random mug shots up there & they would all look like scum!! Judge not! People in glass houses really shouldn't be casting stones!!![/p][/quote]You are correct the paper did put 8 mug shots up and yes they all do look like scum and as they were found guilty I would imagine they are scum. Congratulations to the police on taking people like these off the streets. Keva68

4:44pm Thu 19 Dec 13

moonman77 says...

They are what they look, they look what they are. Scum. Banged up and taken out of society so decent people can walk the streets. How anybody could actually stand up and defend these I will never know.
They are what they look, they look what they are. Scum. Banged up and taken out of society so decent people can walk the streets. How anybody could actually stand up and defend these I will never know. moonman77

5:00pm Thu 19 Dec 13

MrBenggo says...

moonman77 wrote:
They are what they look, they look what they are. Scum. Banged up and taken out of society so decent people can walk the streets. How anybody could actually stand up and defend these I will never know.
Moonman77
I have often wondered how barristers,solicitor
s and the like can stand up in court and represent the scum of society,when it has been proved beyond any doubt that they are guilty.
Mark Bridges,who killed the little girl in Wales last year and refuses to tell what he has done with the body,the vermin who killed the soldier on the streets of London and the moors murderers,to name just four.
People will do anything for money.
[quote][p][bold]moonman77[/bold] wrote: They are what they look, they look what they are. Scum. Banged up and taken out of society so decent people can walk the streets. How anybody could actually stand up and defend these I will never know.[/p][/quote]Moonman77 I have often wondered how barristers,solicitor s and the like can stand up in court and represent the scum of society,when it has been proved beyond any doubt that they are guilty. Mark Bridges,who killed the little girl in Wales last year and refuses to tell what he has done with the body,the vermin who killed the soldier on the streets of London and the moors murderers,to name just four. People will do anything for money. MrBenggo

11:13pm Thu 19 Dec 13

amber2014 says...

I don't think that u people r listening! U r all so quick to accept what is printed!!! The truth will come out it always does!!
I don't think that u people r listening! U r all so quick to accept what is printed!!! The truth will come out it always does!! amber2014

11:26pm Thu 19 Dec 13

amber2014 says...

Also the police wanna get the rest of the people of the streets what torturing decent people of. Sthelens. I been attacked myself+the police tell u they have catch em in the act wtf!!
Also the police wanna get the rest of the people of the streets what torturing decent people of. Sthelens. I been attacked myself+the police tell u they have catch em in the act wtf!! amber2014

12:33am Fri 20 Dec 13

moonman77 says...

Will someone please translate the above into English for me please.
Will someone please translate the above into English for me please. moonman77

9:38am Fri 20 Dec 13

Sankey says...

moonman77 wrote:
Will someone please translate the above into English for me please.
The police are not pro active enough and the judicial system s far too lenient
[quote][p][bold]moonman77[/bold] wrote: Will someone please translate the above into English for me please.[/p][/quote]The police are not pro active enough and the judicial system s far too lenient Sankey

1:58am Thu 26 Dec 13

jemmyh says...

The only people to be affected by this set of scum is opposing sets of scum.
They wouldn't come to MY house and shoot at a caravan in the drive.
They wouldn't come to 99.9% of the residents of St.Helens' houses and shoot at a caravan in the drive.
There's clear reasons why they've picked on the Maughan's and it's directly linked to the trade they're involved in. The only winners will be those remaining free.

One drug dealer shoots another drug dealer. So what? I say, leave them to it! Eventually, they'll rid the streets of each other, at no cost to the general public.
The only people to be affected by this set of scum is opposing sets of scum. They wouldn't come to MY house and shoot at a caravan in the drive. They wouldn't come to 99.9% of the residents of St.Helens' houses and shoot at a caravan in the drive. There's clear reasons why they've picked on the Maughan's and it's directly linked to the trade they're involved in. The only winners will be those remaining free. One drug dealer shoots another drug dealer. So what? I say, leave them to it! Eventually, they'll rid the streets of each other, at no cost to the general public. jemmyh

1:54pm Sun 5 Jan 14

steone says...

moonman77 wrote:
Will someone please translate the above into English for me please.
sorry mate would need to drop IQ level to that of a grasshopper to try and translate that one
[quote][p][bold]moonman77[/bold] wrote: Will someone please translate the above into English for me please.[/p][/quote]sorry mate would need to drop IQ level to that of a grasshopper to try and translate that one steone

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