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Sinking feeling Mobster Gary Vickery 'threatened' owner of Lanzarote pleasure boat

A complaint was made by the boat's owner Lee Pallister to the Guardia Civil that he had been threatened by Vickery who had tried to muscle in on his long established company.

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Katfish boat tours in Lanzarote

Katfish boat tours in Lanzarote

Katfish boat tours in Lanzarote

Mobster Gary Vickery has been caught up in a criminal probe into a missing pleasure boat in Lanzarote where he was hiding out until his extradition to the UK last month.

It is understood that the boat 'Katfish' was removed from the water as Vickery evaded the UK courts where he is convicted on drug and money laundering charges.

A complaint was made by the boat's owner Lee Pallister to the Guardia Civil that he had been threatened by Vickery who had tried to muscle in on his long established company.

A court hearing was due in relation to the case this week but it was adjourned as Vickery is now back in the UK awaiting sentence along with his notorious gang boss Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh.

When contacted, Pallister said he was not in a position to comment as an investigation is ongoing.

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Gary Vickery.

Gary Vickery.

Gary Vickery.

'Katfish' is a popular pleasure boat which takes tourists on cruises around the idyllic waters of Lanzarote. The company had been badly hit during Covid but managed to struggle through and was back operating last summer.

However in late August it stopped taking bookings and the boat disappeared from a marina on the island. Weeks later a complaint was made to the Guardia Civil regarding Vickery and his involvement in the business.

This week Vickery was scheduled to appear in the criminal courts on the island to face charges relating to threats made to Pallister.

The Sunday World understands that Vickery and his wife Nicola were trying to establish themselves in the boat hire industry on Lanzarote in recent years despite the fact that he was under investigation for serious crimes in the UK.

He owns a limited edition Sunseeker Superhawk featured in the James Bond movie Quantum of Solace which has been available for rent and he zoned in on businesses affected by Covid over the past 18 months.

Sources say he was attempting to buy up businesses and even a pub affected by the downturn as he faced a lengthy jail term for importing drugs into the UK as part of Bomber Kavanagh's gang.

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Gary Vickery's Sunseeker Superhawk featured in a Bond movie

Gary Vickery's Sunseeker Superhawk featured in a Bond movie

Gary Vickery's Sunseeker Superhawk featured in a Bond movie

However the Guardia Civil began an investigation into his dodgy dealings when well known businessman Pallister alleged he had been threatened by Vickery and a case has since come before the courts on Lanzarote.

At the same time, the UK courts were becoming increasingly frustrated by Vickery's refusal to hand himself in, despite being convicted there on serious charges. The NCA launched a joint operation with their Spanish counterparts to arrest him.

He has since been returned to the UK and will stand in the dock at Ipswich Crown Court with Kavanagh and cohort Daniel Canning early next month when their sentencing is likely to be completed.

The trio are not only facing prison terms of up to 20 years but also a probe into their assets which will result in financial demands by a judge estimated on their wealth.

If they don't pay their fines they can expect years to be added to their sentences.

Kavanagh's role in the Hutch/ Kinahan feud is still under investigation in Ireland where a number of his senior lieutenants are already behind bars.

Vickery and wife Nicola moved to Lanzarote in recent years, leaving behind a string of businesses in the UK including a commercial car company. On Lanzarote the couple own a number of boats and yachts as well as having property interests.

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Gary Vickery and partner Nicola (far left)

Gary Vickery and partner Nicola (far left)

Gary Vickery and partner Nicola (far left)

Vickery has also boasted that he owns property in Spain.

The couple have been living in a gated villa in Macher on the island complete with a private pool and O'Connor is the registered owner of a property rental company called Northwhere CC Sl.

'Katfish' is known for sunset tours and family days out and is hugely popular on the island. The boat is estimated to be worth up to €200,000.

On a Facebook posting this week the charter boat company said: "So, we have had a lot of questions asked about why Katfish has not been operating.

"We just want all our lovely clients to know that we should be operating soon. We have had some operational issues within the business coming out of Covid.

"They are currently being dealt with and we hope to be able to offer you our award winning first class services again very soon! Many thanks. The Katfish Cruise Team."

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