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Police hunt Adams family crime boss after north London shooting

  • Victim was shot in the chest as he sat in sportscar in Islington in 2013
  • Eighteen months on, police say they are hunting member of crime family
  • Patrick Adams and his wife Constance are said to have fled abroad
  • He is one of a band of brothers whose gang became notorious in the 80s 

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Richard Spillett for MailOnline


Published:
06:48 EST, 22 May 2015

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Updated:
08:52 EST, 22 May 2015

Police are hunting Patrick Adams - of the notorious Adams family crime gang - over a north London shooting in 2013

Police are hunting Patrick Adams – of the notorious Adams family crime gang – over a north London shooting in 2013

Police are hunting a member of one of London’s most feared crime families after a man was gunned down in the capital.

Patrick Adams of the notorious Adams family gang is believed to have fled abroad with his wife Constance.

Scotland Yard says they are wanted in connection with attempted murder in Islington in 2013, when a man was shot in the chest as he sat in his car.

The couple are believed to have left Britain in the days after the shooting and police have now stepped up their bid to find them. 

Patrick Adams is the younger brother of Terry Adams, once described as the ‘Godfather of north London’ due to his family’s infamous crime syndicate.

Terry and his brothers Sean, known as Tommy, and Patrick rose to power in the 1980s and were linked to drug trafficking, extortions, hijackings and security fraud.

Based in Clerkenwell, north London, they evaded prosecution for years by running their syndicate at arm’s length and were once described as ‘worse than the Krays’.

The family crime business, known to many as the ‘A Team’, was also suspected of links to the Russian mafia and powerful Columbian cocaine cartels.

Police made the unusual step of handing out pictures of Patrick, 59, and his wife, 54, as they continue to investigate a shooting in Wyclif Street on 22 December 2013.

The victim, who was 51 at the time, is said to have been sitting in a black BMW sportscar when he was approached by a man and a woman.

He was shot in the chest and later rushed to A&E. He was saved by doctors and stayed in hospital for a month.

Police also released this picture of Adams' wife, Constance, who they believe may be abroad with him

Police also released this picture of Adams’ wife, Constance, who they believe may be abroad with him

Patrick Adams, pictured in the 1990s, is the younger brother of gangster Terry Adams

Patrick Adams, pictured (right) in the 1990s, is the younger brother of gangster Terry Adams (left)

At the time an eyewitness said: ‘I heard the shot and thought it was a car crash. I rushed to the window and saw the man on the floor.

NOTORIOUS ADAMS CRIME FAMILY ARE LINKED TO MURDERS, DRUG DEALING AND ARMED ROBBERY 

Linked to at least 25 murders, extortion rackets, drug dealing and armed robberies, the group is said to be headed by Terry, who prefers to be known as Terrence.

He is the eldest of 11 children born to Irish-Catholic parents in Islington, north London, in the 1950s and 1960s.

The brothers are said to have graduated from petty theft to extortion from market traders to armed robbery.

The gang was linked to the shooting of the Krays’ notorious chief henchman, Mad Frankie Fraser.

Wensley Clarkson, author of a book on Britain’s gangs, said: ‘The Adamses are probably the last of the old-school British crime families.

‘They’re a bit like the Sopranos – they made their money and then sent their children to private schools, bought art, invested in legal businesses.

‘Terry, in particular, is very bright. In another era, another world, he could have been head of a major international corporation, and that’s how these people see themselves, in a way.’

Other siblings have not been connected with the crimes of their brothers.

‘He sat down and was screaming and holding his chest. People started stopping in their cars to help him. That sort of thing doesn’t happen around here, not guns.’

A local shopkeeper said the man’s car was stationary in the middle of the road. He said his customers reported seeing a man and a woman running off after the gunshot was fired.

Another resident, Fran Hunt, 86, said: ‘I came out to put my rubbish out and saw all the police. It was quite surprising, especially for it to happen at 10am on a Sunday. A shooting is pretty rare to happen.’

A police spokesman said today: ‘It is believed that the Adams’ fled the country soon after the shooting. It is possible that they are living in Holland or Spain. European Arrest Warrants have been obtained for the pair.’

Detective Inspector Glenn Butler, from the Met’s Trident and Area Crime Command, added: ‘I am appealing for anyone with information about where the Adams’ are living to contact us as a matter of urgency.

‘It is apparent by the nature of this violent crime that they need to be traced and interviewed by police.

‘We treat any information that is passed to us with the greatest of confidence.’

The appeal comes just three months after police carried out raids on 25 properties said to be connected to the syndicate. 

Almost £300,000 in cash, designer watches, a handgun, shotguns and other weapons were recovered after years of painstaking investigation. 

The shooting took place in broad daylight in Wyclif Street, north London shortly before Christmas in 2013. The victim survived with chest wounds

The shooting took place in broad daylight in Wyclif Street, north London shortly before Christmas in 2013. The victim survived with chest wounds

In February this year, police carried out raids on 25 properties said to be linked the family crime syndicate

In February this year, police carried out raids on 25 properties said to be linked the family crime syndicate

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