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EXCLUSIVE: 'THE POWER OF NOYE' 'Corrupt cops led gunman to protected witness who gave evidence against crime lord's gang' - former Met detective

June 19, 2019

JAIL: Noye after his arrest following two years on the run (PA) 

A MAN who turned "supergrass" against a crime gang set up by M25 killer Kenneth Noye was located at his safehouse by a gunman while he was living under Met Police witness protection, Essex News and Investigations can reveal.

Martin Grant, 59, was placed into witness protection after he grassed on a a gang planning an infamous £800 million "hole in the wall" banking fraud after being unwittingly recruited into it by Noye, now 72, who was released from prison this month after serving 19 years for the road rage murder of Stephen Cameron on a slip road of the motorway.

Mr Grant was the star witness in the 1996 trial of seven of Noye's associates, who were all convicted of fraud at Southwark Crown Court.

Frank Matthews is the online pseudonym of a former Met Police Detective Sergeant, who was involved in placing Mr Grant in witness protection ahead of and after the trial.

VICTIM: Stephen Cameron was murdered by Noye in May 1996 (Met Police) 

He said: "It is my belief Noye was being aided by corrupt police, some of who were on the 'hole in the wall' investigation team.

"They seemed to do everything to keep Noye out of the case. Martin Grant was prepared to give evidence against Noye, but was discouraged from doing it."

In fact, Mr Matthews was given the task of protecting Mr Grant, but was not told who he was actually keeping him safe from.

He said: "You have to know who you are protecting them from so you can choose the right location. We were wrongly told it was from the IRA. It was a pack of lies. That was the power of Noye.

"We put him at an address in south London - right in Noye country, because we had no idea Noye was involved."

Mr Matthews said he also saw a member of the investigation team pass the witness protection address.

GANGSTER: The infamous police mugshot of Kenneth Noye (Met Police) 

He said: "They should not be told where it is, so this can only have been leaked to them.

"The next day a man a man wearing a balaclava came right up to the address and showed a handgun.

"He was caught on camera. It was a warning to Mr Grant not to speak. He must have known there was constant CCTV filming the entrance."

Mr Grant had to be moved straight to a new address. It was an army barracks up north with armed guards, he said.

Mr Matthews said he reported his concerns to superiors about possible police corruption in connection with Noye, but nothing appeared to be done.

Mr Grant's involvement with Noye started while he served a 16-year prison sentence for the attempted murder by arson of his wife and child.

He was studying for a degree in electronic communications at Blantyre House open prison in Kent, when associates of Noye's also serving sentences there cottoned on to his computer wizardry.

DISGUISE: False passport in name of Alan Green used by Noye on the run (PA)

In 1995, Noye was not long out of prison after serving eight years of a 14-year sentence he received in 1986 for handling stolen goods from the Brink's-Mat robbery. 

Mr Matthews said: "Within a couple of years Noye managed to swing it with the prison authorities for Mr grant to have day release. 

"He would meet the gang on his days out while the plot was hatched."

The plan was to use corrupt British Telecom technicians to tap into phone lines that linked cash machines to banks' computers. 

The hack would given them access to details of thousands of customer accounts, which they wanted Mr Grant to download.

It was then to be transferred onto 140,000 fake cash cards which would have been used to make withdrawals across the globe.

The prosecution at the subsequent trial estimated it could have made at least £800 million.

But, Mr Grant panicked and scuppered the whole scam.

Mr Matthews said: "Martin Grant soon realised he was out of his depth and he wanted out. He went to see the prison chaplain and grassed and the chaplin told the Old Bill."

Scores of officers raided the house of a gang member in July 1995.

They found 60,000 fake plastic cards and details of tens of thousands of bank accounts. 

Grant is now living in hiding. Police believe a pounds 100,000 contract has been taken out on his life.

LOVERS: Danielle Cable, then 17, with fiance Stephen Cameron 

The case was then constructed against the associates, but not Noye, despite Mr Grant's willingness to testify.

Noye's associates each got between two and five years in prison for the plot, except for one who was hit with a £50,000 fine and had his two year term suspended.

It was said at the time there was a £100,000 contract taken out of Mr Grant.

Just before the sentence Mr Grant told a newspaper: "I can't stay in one place for long. I will always be on the move, looking over my shoulder for the rest of my life. I feel like The Fugitive."

Danielle Cable, Mr Cameron's fiance at the time of his murder, also gave evidence against Noye and was placed into witness protection.

Although the Parole Board claims Noye has learnt to deal with his violent temper, Mr Matthews said he was unlikely to change his ways and both she and Martin Grant would be living in fear following his release. 

He added: "If those in the Met Police had acted on my concerns with this case there is every chance Stephen Cameron would not have been murdered."

 

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