Outlaw. Learning lessons the hard way as Britain's most wanted man
Outaw. Learning lessons the hard way as Britain's most dangerous man. Ray Bishop
Follow Britain's most wanted man into London's underworld and back out again
Ray Bishop was on the run, skulking in a dealer's house in north London, when an image of his face flashed up on the TV, accompanied by a public warning. The assembled company were aghast, and Ray felt sick at what he saw. How had he become Britain's most wanted man?
Growing up in a council estate in South East London, where he and his friends were regularly brutalised by the police, Ray tells all of his early days of petty crime. Being despatched to notoriously violent youth-detention centres where he was further criminalized he graduated with flying colours to a career in London's underworld as an armed robber, a drug smuggler and a people trafficker, developing a serious addiction to cocaine and heroin along the way.
But Ray's is also story of redemption, of coming back from rock bottom and learning lessons the hard way. Enrolling in a rigorous rehabilitation programme, Ray turned his life around. He went on to realise his childhood dream of becoming WBC Unlicensed British Middleweight Boxing Champion, setting up his own business and advocating for others along the way. Here's how he did it.
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A word from Londoncrime
As stated on our homepage, Londoncrime is not about promoting crime.. it is a source of history, and of great books and films.
A book like this is ideal for this site as it proves that crime doesn't pay in the long run, and for Ray to release his story for all to see proves this point with ease. Ray speaks openly about the highs and lows in his life including drug addiction, prison, pride, hope and business. Ray has now turned his back on crime, and now gives talks in prisons about rehabilitation.
I hope that this will not be the last book of Ray's, as I'm sure could be a whole lot more to learn about this respected man..
Jim Fletcher. Founder of Londoncrime.co.uk