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We can reveal King has been doing the work under his middle name ‘Robert’ and has until now tried to stay out of the limelight

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The Sunday World snaps Drew King at work fitting locks on a house this week

The Sunday World snaps Drew King at work fitting locks on a house this week

Drew King working on a home this week

Drew King working on a home this week

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The Sunday World snaps Drew King at work fitting locks on a house this week

Former LVF crime lord Drew King is ‘Trumping’ his rivals with his astonishing new money-making scheme – selling ‘crime-proof’ door locks.

The loyalist – once charged with the murder of Sunday World reporter Martin O’Hagan – has been touring Ulster doing door lock repairs and repairing broken UPVC windows.

And the Lurgan liar – who’s murder charge was withdrawn – has enlisted the ‘King’ of the fibbers to help drum up business – former US President Donald Trump.

King – suspected of flooding mid-Ulster with cocaine and other illegal drugs over the last 20 years – has been touring Northern Ireland in a large transit work van with the face of the recently deposed American President on the back.

A colour photo of the controversial billionaire straddles both doors of the nearly new Vauxhall van and comes with the slogan ‘Making Drafty Doors Great Again’ – a play on Trump’s election mantra – emblazoned across the top.

It also states convicted druggie King provides an “unimpeachable service” – a reference to two failed attempts in the US to have Trump removed from office.

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Drew King

Drew King

Drew King

We can reveal King has been doing the work under his middle name ‘Robert’ and has until now tried to stay out of the limelight but with his new in-your-face advertising it seems any plan of flying under the radar has literally flown out the window.

“His van is getting some notice on the roads,” said one former business rival.

“I couldn’t believe it was Drew King driving the van – he usually does all he can to stay out of the spotlight but everyone’s talking about the van.

“I’m not sure people would necessarily want someone like Drew King coming round your house to secure your doors.

“He only got into the business a couple of years ago but he’s making a fortune.”

But now it looks like King has been ‘impeached’ after it emerged he’d decided to close the door on his business following our investigation.

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Drew King's work van

Drew King's work van

Drew King's work van

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A former business partner, who brought King into the industry, contacted the Sunday World and asked us to make it clear he also drives a Donald Trump van but has “no connection to Drew King whatsoever”.

And he added he had spoken to King and he had agreed to take Trump off his van and the former loyalist had said he was “packing the business in”.

Ironically, during proceedings against this newspaper, King admitted he had been in a ‘relationship’ with a serving prison officer – having previously claimed to the Press Complaints Commission that he’d only been in the officer’s property when cops raided it as he was there repairing a door.

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Drew King as a piper at LVF chief Billy Wright’s funeral in 1997

Drew King as a piper at LVF chief Billy Wright’s funeral in 1997

Drew King as a piper at LVF chief Billy Wright’s funeral in 1997

King (52) earned the nickname ‘The Piper’ after playing the bagpipes at the funeral of former LVF founder Billy Wright who had been gunned down in the Maze Prison in 1997. The former car dealer was kicked out of the police and prison service bands for leading the cortege at the paramilitary funeral and it was frowned upon that he wore part of a Prison Service uniform as he did.

Following a request by police to interview him in June 2002, he fled to the Bellshill area of Glasgow, and then to a LVF-owned safe house in Bargeddie, North Lanarkshire.

King was charged with the murder of Martin O’Hagan in 2008, seven years after the reporter was shot dead as he returned from the pub with his wife on a Friday evening.

During a bail application at Craigavon Magistrates Court, the prosecution claimed King had driven a Subaru car used in the murder and told another gang LVF gang member Neil Hyde about his involvement in the murder.

King denied the charge and it was later withdrawn after it was deemed Hyde was not a reliable witness.

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Drew King as a piper at LVF chief Billy Wright’s funeral in 1997

Drew King as a piper at LVF chief Billy Wright’s funeral in 1997

Drew King as a piper at LVF chief Billy Wright’s funeral in 1997

In 2017 we revealed how Drew King had moved into a luxury property in Waringstown – which consists of two large properties linked together, so big it contains its own private cinema. We also revealed how he had been working for a bakery and was continuing to live a lavish lifestyle and was convicted of possessing drugs at Antrim Crown Court – though a charge of supplying them was withdrawn.

King has started a door repair business and specialises in fixing faulty locks by replacing them with anti-snap locking barrels, though he also fixes windows too.

King makes bold claims about his products and he even appears in a video showing how easy it is for burglars to break into your home. During the demonstration he is seen using a pair of adjustable grips to rip open a common PVC door lock.

However, this newspaper has consistently named and shamed Drew King and his LVF terrorist brother ‘Billy’ as the main perpetrators of our colleague Martin’s murder.

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Drew King demonstrates on Facebook how easy it is to bust a lock

Drew King demonstrates on Facebook how easy it is to bust a lock

Drew King demonstrates on Facebook how easy it is to bust a lock

In 2017 it was reported King had continued his involvement in organised crime and had built up a criminal empire straddling Co Down and Co Armagh.

It was also reported King had lost one of his main drug runners was jailed after he was caught with £50,000 worth of cocaine.

A detective told the Lisburn Magistrates Court that the dealer, from the Lurgan area, was “an integral role in an organised crime gang” and it was reported afterwards that gang was led by King.

In the past he has been linked with a number of known drug bosses including Hugh McGeough, who was murdered along with his wife Jacqueline in 2011.

He’s also done business with Malcolm McKeown who was gunned down at a service station not far from King’s home in Waringstown in 2019, although the pair had fallen out.

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