Friday 30 September 2022 04:20 PM Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels inspiration David Courtney offers reward for ... trends now

Friday 30 September 2022 04:20 PM Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels inspiration David Courtney offers reward for ... trends now
Friday 30 September 2022 04:20 PM Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels inspiration David Courtney offers reward for ... trends now

Friday 30 September 2022 04:20 PM Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels inspiration David Courtney offers reward for ... trends now

A former gangster is offering a £250 reward to help catch his beloved pet peacock which escaped after he didn't realise it could fly. 

David Courtney, 63, who is said to have been the inspiration for Vinnie Jones' character Big Chris in Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, built a special 12-foot-high fence enclosure for the bird. 

But seconds after bringing the new pet home to his Camelot Castle in Plumstead, south east London it flew out of the roofless coop. 

Dave said: 'I just had no idea that they could fly - I thought it was like a chicken or something.' 

Now the bright blue and green bird, named Percy by Dave, is running around the area as neighbours are woken up at 4am by his mating call.

Dave, who also starred in a string of gangster movies including The Dead Sleep Easy and Clubbing To Death, says he sees the bird around his home at least twice a day.

But each time he gets close to try and catch it with a large fishing net, the bird keeps escaping him.

A former gangster turned actor is offering a reward to help catch his beloved pet Peacock (pictured) - after it escaped from his garden and began running amok on his manor

A former gangster turned actor is offering a reward to help catch his beloved pet Peacock (pictured) - after it escaped from his garden and began running amok on his manor

Former gangster David Courtney's bird - which was given to him as a present - has appeared on top of people's roofs, cars and gardens after escaping seven weeks ago

Former gangster David Courtney's bird - which was given to him as a present - has appeared on top of people's roofs, cars and gardens after escaping seven weeks ago

David Courtney, 63, who is said to have been the inspiration for Vinnie Jones' character Big Chris (pictured) in Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, built a special 12-foot-high fence enclosure for the bird

David Courtney, 63, who is said to have been the inspiration for Vinnie Jones' character Big Chris (pictured) in Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, built a special 12-foot-high fence enclosure for the bird

His bird - which was given to him as a present - has appeared on top of people's roofs, cars and gardens after escaping seven weeks ago.

ONE OF BRITAIN'S BEST-KNOWN LIVING GANGSTERS

Dave Courtney was born in Bermondsey, London, in 1959.

The 52-year-old has made a name for himself through his supposed affiliation with famous hardmen such as Reggie Kray.

He was only nine when the Krays were jailed, but claims to have arranged security for Ronnie Kray's funeral in 1995.

Courtney became infamous as a knuckle-duster wielding debt collector, and claims to have been shot, stabbed and had his nose almost bitten off.

He claims to have been found not guilty in 19 separate trials but in January 2009 he was given an 18-month conditional discharge at Bristol Crown Court, on a charge of possessing live ammunition without a firearms certificate.

In 2004 he was cleared of attacking his wife Jennifer Pinto over an alleged lesbian affair.

Four years earlier, he walked free from the Old Bailey after he was cleared of being part of a plot to plant cocaine on an innocent woman.

During the trial he was named as a registered police informant using the alias 'Tommy Mack'.

But Courtney insisted he simply took advantage of the system to disguise a relationship with a corrupt detective.

'I have

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