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Whilst the facts were completely seemed over, DS Storey used to be surprised to find that Craig Androliakos, who were stopped within the Mondeo employed by way of Nicholls, was once operating for a gang headed through none except Pat Tate’s brother, Russell. Customs’ spotter planes have been wear standby and dozens of undercover officials have been earmarked for accountability. Intelligence reviews confirmed that Russell Tate and different individuals of his gang had simply left for Spain. while Nicholls had acknowledged to DC fowl, ‘It buys loads of apparatus down there the place they're going,’ cops hadn’t firstly understood what he had intended. It now dawned on them that ‘down there’ intended Spain, and the cash Nicholls and DC poultry had mentioned stealing belonged to Tate’s gang. DS Storey determined to have the gang’s cell phones monitored, and whilst transmissions from these telephones confirmed that they have been heading north, again in the direction of England, police and Customs might swoop into motion. On Monday, thirteen may perhaps, Nicholls was once riding alongside the A120 close to Colchester within the blue Jaguar that he had did not promote to Tate’s gang. one in every of his associates, Colin Bridge, used to be following at the back of in Nicholls’s Transit van. regularly wary while ‘working’, Nicholls used to be confident that he used to be being undefined. He picked up his cellular and rang DC poultry. ‘Oi, am I lower than surveillance? Are you lot following me? ’ he requested. ‘Nah, don’t be silly, Darren,’ DC chook spoke back. ‘You’re simply being paranoid. ’ ‘I don’t imagine so, mate, I’m certain I’m being surveyed. I’ve been paranoid sooner than and it doesn’t consider something like this. ’ ‘I’m telling you, Darren. You’re no longer being undefined. in case you have been, I’d let you know, wouldn’t I? I suggest I’m not likely to fuck you up, am I? You’re on our facet, simply sit back. ’ ‘All correct. pay attention, even though. The cargo got here in final evening. I’m simply going over to select up my percentage. ’ ‘I understand. Don’t fear, everything’s below regulate. chill out. ’ a short time later, Nicholls and Bridge arrived at Steele’s apartment, and Nicholls requested Steele if he may perhaps decide up a few instruments he had left there. Steele, who used to be sitting on a deckchair sunning himself, stated, ‘Sure, aid your self. ’ Nicholls took a toolbox from the Jaguar’s boot and walked off. a little while later, he again sporting the toolbox and positioned it at the back of the van. The Transit, pushed via Bridge, then left Steele’s domestic with Nicholls within the Jaguar at the back of. At simply after 1400 hrs, uniformed law enforcement officials stopped the 2 automobiles at the B1053 at vast road, Bocking, close to Braintree. whilst the cars got here to a halt, Bridge bought out and commenced chatting with the officials. although, Nicholls refused to open the door of his automobile and commenced speaking on a cell phone. First he telephoned his spouse Sandra. ‘I won’t be domestic, after all,’ he shouted. ‘I’m being stopped through the police. I’ll try to name you later. Bye. ’ by way of now, officials have been hammering at the window, telling him to place the telephone down and open the door. Nicholls selected to disregard them simply because he had one final vital name to make. ‘DC Bird’s message pager,’ stated a woman’s voice.