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Friday, May 18, 2007

Preston Don

I do love a good Friday story, and nothing beats a tale of a Mafioso godfather being dramatically brought down by the police….in PRESTON.

‘A wanted real-life Mafia godfather has been arrested in Preston on suspicion of four murders.
Gennaro Panzuto, 32, went on the run a year ago following a bloody mob war between rival clans in Naples, Italy.He was traced to a flat in Preston, Lancashire, following months of undercover work by Italian police, working with the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency.
Vittorio Pisano, chief of the Naples Flying Squad, said: "Panzuto is a very senior Mafia member and his arrest is of great significance. He was the head of the Pincirillo clan which he took over from his uncles of the same name when they were arrested two years ago. Panzuto is also wanted for extortion, illegal possession of firearms and Mafia association."
He added: "Preston seems a rather unusual place to hide out as mostly these criminals prefer the South of France or Spain.
"I have never heard of a Mafia man being held in Preston before."

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