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Viv Graham 1959 - 31 December 1993 was a British mobster and former amateur heavyweight boxer, who spent his formative years in Rowlands Gill, a village on the outskirts of the Tyneside conurbation. Operating an empire of pub and nightclub doormen, he acted as a protector for various licensed premises, particularly in Newcastle’s East End and in the Wallsend area. Graham was a reputed organized crime figure in the Newcastle underworld, and was involved in extortion and racketeering activities.
Shortly after his release, he was given a suspended sentence for an assault charge, and he survived several attempts on his life during the following months. However, on New Year's Eve 1993, he was ambushed while leaving The Anchor Public House, Wallsend High Street, Wallsend, the windows of his Ford Sierra Cosworh had been broken so as to make Graham hessitate before entering the vehicle, and he was shot three times by an unidentified gunman. Graham died four hours later in hospital.
In 1998 Northumbria Police questioned five men about an alleged conspiracy to murder the bouncer. Despite an informant naming the killer and confessing to his role as a 'getaway' driver, no-one has ever been brought to justice, and as of 2013, the murder remains unsolved.
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