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Police hunting members of notorious crime family

Patrick Adams
Patrick Adams
Constance Adams
Constance Adams

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

Patrick Adams, 59, of the infamous Adams family gang, is believed to have fled abroad with his wife Constance, 54.

The couple are wanted in connection with an attempted murder in Islington, north London, in 2013, Scotland Yard said.

A 51-year-old man was shot in the chest as he sat in his black BMW X5 car, after being approached by a man and a woman.

He was taken by London Ambulance Service to an east London hospital where he was treated for his injuries for more than a month.

It is believed the couple fled the country soon after the shooting and could be living in Holland or Spain, police said.

European Arrest Warrants have been obtained for the pair.

Detective Inspector Glenn Butler, from the Metropolitan Police's Trident and Area Crime Command, said: "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."

Adams is the younger brother of Terry Adams, the head of a north London gang who made so much money from crime that he was able to retire at 35.

Terry Adams was jailed for seven years in 2007 for money laundering and was later ordered to pay £4.7 million in legal costs. It followed a massive operation involving police and MI5, who bugged his home for almost two years.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.