Leader of the Severn Riverside Wharf Labours Federation
District Leader of British Union of Factists located at Pitchcroft.
Colonel Thomas Farrington
Commanding Officer of the 3rd Batt Worcestershire Regiment based at Norton Barracks 5 Miles from the City Centre.
Major Eric Portman (Ret.)
Leader of the Astwood Defence Assocation. Portman commands a large faction on the outskirts of the city, they have a broad loyalty to the Crown but behind his bluster he is a self serving coward and will galdly put anyone before him.
The Gillam Street Mafia is the nick name given to a well organised criminal gang operating out of Worcester's Rainbow Hill district. The `gang' is run ruthlessly by the Costello family, headed by the father Thomas. The gang draws its members exclusively from three related families; the Costello's, Teague's and Hoddys. The gang is often supplemented by the inhabitants of the Rainbow Hill parish. The residents show unswerving loyalty to the gang; whether this is due to fear or the generous handouts made by `the families', is open to debate.
Worcester City Police have held files on the gang for a number of years, but despite accusations of involvement in theft, armed robbery, blackmail, protection rackets, kidnapping, murder and prostitution, there have been no successful prosecutions. Worcester Police estimate that over 70% of serious crime in the city can be traced back to the gang. It is said that if you need something, have the means to pay and don't mind where it comes from, Thomas Costello can supply it.
The Key members of the Three Families
Reggie `Uncle' Costello
Thomas' beloved uncle and elder statesman of the family. His gentlemanly exterior hides a psychopathic nature – he is suspected of running the gang's prostitution racket.
Thomas' younger brother, works as a painter and decorator but is well known as a keen amateur artist of some note. Despite his more genteel pastime he has turned making witnesses disappear into an art form.
Married to Thomas Costello's sister. He ostensibly works in Costellos shop, but in reality `Hatchet Teague' is the head enforcer of the gang.
William `Wild Bill' Hoddy
Brother of Thomas Costello's lovely wife Mavis. Runs a small transport company which is rumoured to `move' the gang's ill gotten cargos with the full knowledge of the police – no one can prove bribery occurs, but the Hoddy yard is a well known tea stop for the city's constabulary.
Tommy `gun' Costello
One of the city's infamous `Costello twins', he is the eldest son of the Costello Clan. Young Tommy is currently AWOL from the army, after choosing military service in lieu of a custodial sentence, he `released' himself from Colchester Military Prison, where he was serving time for breaking the nose of his RSM. Tommy gets his nickname for his love of the Thompson Machine gun.
Was born 18 months after his brother Tommy. Since then they were inseparable; hence the nickname `the Costello twins'. Frank is also AWOL. Having followed his brother into the army, he also followed him into Colchester and out again! When Frank heard his brother was in the glasshouse, he searched out the unfortunate RSM in the camp infirmary and broke his jaw with spanner.