Just after 8pm last Thursday, a stocky, shaven-headed 44-year-old man wearing a tracksuit swaggered down the gangplank from the Hook of Holland ferry just as the rain stopped falling on the worn, stone flagstones of Harwich docks in East Anglia.

He looked like the archetypal star of any recent British gangster film.

According to the dialogue in the mission Taking in the Trash, Niko dreamed of becoming an astronaut when he was a child.

A former policeman who was best friends with the two female officers murdered by Dale Cregan filled out his own death report before committing suicide.

Andrew Summerscales, 46, is believed to have been one of the first on the scene after one-eyed gangster Cregan killed PC Nicola Hughes, 23, and PC Fiona Bone, 32.

Harlem in the early 1970s: a once-proud black American enclave, home to poets and jazzers and artists, now on the brink of implosion.

The economy is in freefall, businesses are moving out, thousands of families are living in rotted tenements.

Worst of all, more and more of its young men and women are ready to do anything to score some of the heroin that's flooding into the area. Most New Yorkers, most New York cops too, assumed it was a huge Mafia clan, a brigade of tight-knit Don Corleones.

It turns out, according to Ridley Scott's new film, that it was a sober-looking, hard-working black guy called Frank Lucas.

But this wasn't Daniel Craig in Layer Cake, Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast or even Vinnie Jones in Lock Stock - this was a real villain.

Curtis Warren, one of Britain's richest gangsters - a former drug baron with an illegal fortune estimated to exceed £100 million - was returning to Britain after almost 11 years in a Dutch jail - and he could be out to reclaim his empire.

Forget Kenneth Noye, he of the M25 murder and the Brink's-Mat goldbullion robbery.