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crime world Episode 95: My ordinary 'Old Man' - the UK super-criminal


Jason Wilson thought he had a regular dad, but by the time he was a teenager his 'Old Man' was well on the way to becoming one of the UK’s most wanted gangsters

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Sunday World Investigations Editor, Nicola Tallant

Sunday World Investigations Editor, Nicola Tallant

Sunday World Investigations Editor, Nicola Tallant

AS a child Jason Wilson thought he had a regular dad, but by the time he was a teenager his 'Old Man' was well on the way to becoming one of the UK’s most wanted criminals.

From his beginnings as a successful businessman, Tony Shipley, who later changed his name to Tony Spencer, had a driving ambition to become rich and to beat the system to get there. But during his career robbing banks, counterfeiting cash and eventually becoming a prolific drug smuggler, the big one always evaded him.

In his new book, ‘The Old Man and Me’, Jason details an incredible journey into the underworld of the Netherlands and Spain, where his father sourced drugs, mixed with some of the biggest names in organised crime and finally came a cropper of his own success.

Jason tells Nicola Tallant the incredible story of his father and their relationship, which endured long stints in prison, selfish ambition and a miraculous assassination attempt.

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