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Friday, 12 August 2011

Mark Duggan, the man whose death sparked the beginning of riots across Britain, was the nephew of a renowned gangland criminal with a history of violence.

Duggan's late uncle has been revealed as Desmond “Dessie” Noonan, whose feared crime family ran Manchester's underworld for 20 years.
The link emerged yesterday as police sources said the officer who opened fire on Duggan had “an honest-held belief that he was in imminent danger of him and his colleagues being shot”.
A gun belonging to Duggan was found at the scene in Tottenham, North London, but is not thought to have been fired during the incident.
Protests over the 29-year-old’s death erupted into the first of the London riots last Saturday, which rapidly spread right across the country.
In 2005, Noonan featured on Donal MacIntyre's TV documentary Gangster and claimed his family were “untouchables”. He boasted “I've got a bigger army than the police. We have more guns than the police.”



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