From The Iceman to Mad Dog.

These are the gangland nicknames given to Manchester and Liverpool's underworld bosses.

It's been years since some of these men were at the helm of our region's criminal gangs - but their names still strike fear into the hearts of those who remember them, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Some were handed lengthy jail sentences for their crimes, while others say they are reformed characters.

Others were killed, while one remains on the run from authorities.

Each of these criminal kingpins earned their nicknames during the years they spent running our city's streets through violence and intimidation.

Many of the names carry a fearsome reputation, from The Devil to Killer, while others capture the gangland figures' style - like 'Iceman' Mark Fellows who was described as a "stone cold" shooter.

Other nicknames are more unusual, like the 'Big Boss Baby' who took over a family drugs empire, or 'The Lam', who lived a lavish lifestyle funded by his criminal exploits.

The ECHO looks back at some of the gangland nicknames to have emerged from Liverpool's criminal underworld over the years, and where they originate from.

The Iceman

"The Iceman" assassin who shot John Kinsella and Paul Massey will die in jail after receiving one of Britain's only whole life sentences for his crimes.

Mark Fellows executed "gangland enforcer" Kinsella, three years after shooting dead Kinsella's close friend Massey, aka Salford's 'Mr Big'.

In both slayings, prosecutors said Fellows was the "stone cold" shooter, and co-accused Steven Boyle, 36, his "spotter".

Boyle was convicted of Kinsella's murder but cleared of Massey's.

The contract killer, who is a dad-of-two, was handed the order which is only used by judges in "rare and exceptional cases".

Nicknamed 'The Iceman', fitness-fanatic, sous chef and family man Fellows demonstrated an ability to go about his normal daily life without betraying the blood on his hands.

Big Boss Baby

Lewis Turner, 25, of Howson Road in Warrington pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and MDMA. He was sentenced to six years and nine months

Lewis Turner referred to himself as "Big Boss Baby" after taking over the family run gang when previous leaders were sent to jail.

The then 25-year-old, of Howson Road in Warrington, worked alongside his partner, then 26-year-old Antony Morgan, to flood the Cheshire town with high purity cocaine and MDMA.

He was ordered to take over the running of the gang’s supply of cocaine when the previous members – Wesley Williamson, Uktu Tig and Robert Musson – were sent to prison.

His main job was to collect the money from customers who purchased large supplies of cocaine from the gang.

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He did this with a serious level of violence in order to set his authority at the top of the chain and show others he wouldn’t be messed with.

Turner was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on May 28 last year after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and MDMA.

The Maniac

The gangster known as "The Maniac" was drafted in by a Turkish drugs lord in a desperate bid to recover millions of pounds lost when a massive heroin shipment was intercepted.

The Liverpool criminal - referred to as “that crazy Englishman" - threatened to throw a grenade into a family home then plotted to kidnap a woman so she could be held hostage at a Dutch farm.

His plans were busted when police stopped him in a car with cable ties, black gloves and a tracking device after detectives tapped the phone calls of his underworld associates.

But despite his fearsome reputation, his true identity has never been published.

Court documents obtained from The Netherlands detail how a man with “an accent from Liverpool" was a feared enforcer with an international gangland reputation.

His role in a shocking extortion and kidnap plot came to light in a case that proceeded through the Court of Rotterdam - but his real name has not been made public due to Dutch laws.

He was sentenced to three years in jail for extortion, plotting to take a hostage and attempted extortion after his terrifying exploits in a gangland feud in the Dutch underworld.

The ECHO understands he was sentenced in his absence, however, after handing over 40,000 Euros - around £35,000 - so that he could secure his bail ahead of the hearing.

Despite being hiding at the time, in June 2019 the ECHO reported that the man still managed to submit an appeal against his conviction - claiming he is innocent and the real Maniac is another Brit.

He earned his nickname when officers secretly monitoring the jail conversations of a Turkish gangster began to hear of an English-speaking man referred to in court documents as being "a maniac".

Cocky Watchman

Curtis Warren

Curtis Warren killed a feared prisoner, had sex with an officer and ran an international drugs operation all while behind bars.

When a 12-year-old Warren, from Granby, appeared before Liverpool Juvenile Court in the 1970s, few people in the room would have predicted the accused would one day enter criminal folklore.

Warren, who appeared before the court after stealing a car, graduated to more serious crime including armed robbery and soon became a well-known face hanging around the International Cafe on Granby Street.

After a brief tenure as a Liverpool doorman, Warren fell under the sway of powerful Liverpool criminals and entered the highly lucrative, but lethal, arena of international drug smuggling.

Peter Walsh, who co-wrote Warren's biography, previously spoke to the ECHO about where his nickname came from.

He claimed Warren picked up the nickname he first started socialising at a snooker club in south Liverpool.

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Mr Walsh explained: "Cocky watchman is an old fashioned slang term of a security guard or warden who watched over building sites and yards."

He added that Warren was "very coy and furtive", which earned him the nickname "the Cocky Watchman", which stuck.

In 2018, Warren had a six month affair with prison officer Stephanie Smithwhite - who became so besotted she got a tattoo of his nickname on her body, next to a rose.

At the time, Warren was serving 13 years for conspiracy to import drugs and a further 10-year sentence for failing to pay back £198million in Proceeds of Crime.

When police searched her home they found a copy of his autobiography called Cocky, The Rise And Fall Of Curtis Warren.

The Devil

Stephen French

Toxteth-born Stephen French was nicknamed 'The Devil' due to his fearsome reputation in the 1980s and 90s.

A career criminal who grew up with Curtis Warren, French became known as a a taxman who stole money from drug dealers.

French was also an accomplished mixed martial arts fighter who had a strong physical reputation.

In a documentary entitled 'Danny Dyer's Britain's Deadliest Men', French claimed he would surprise his gangland victims by lifting up his balaclava and saying: "It's me, the Devil, what are you going to do about it?"

In 2018, he claimed he abandoned his life of crime after ‘hearing the voice of God’ when a postman gave him a Bible.

Mad Dog

Kevin McGuire

Kevin "Mad Dog" Maguire was linked to a north Liverpool security company responsible for running doors at nightclubs across the city.

It is thought he was known as 'Mad Dog' due to his temperament and reputation for fighting with rival doorman.

He was shot dead at the age of 37 when gunman Darren Becouarn opened fire in a Waterloo gym on the morning of October 1, 1998.

Becouarn, from Wirral, began training at the gym in the weeks running up to the murder.

On the morning of October 1, 1998 he pulled a handgun from his gym bag and shot the two men dead. He then jumped on the back of a waiting motorbike and escaped.

Becouarn was jailed for life in 2000 after being found guilty of two counts of murder at Liverpool Crown Court over the deaths of Kevin McGuire, 37, and Nathan Jones, 24.

McGuire had been jailed for 30 months in 1995 for kidnap and assault.

The Turk

A police mugshot of Kirk Bradley

Huyton criminal Kirk Bradley was known as The Turk, apparently due to his dark facial hair and features.

Bradley and another man, Tony Downes, escaped from a G4S security van bound for Liverpool Crown Court, which led to the collapse of a high profile trial.

Just after 8.30am on the morning of July 18, 2011, a gang of masked men, armed with a sledgehammer and a gun, ambushed the G4S van containing Downes and Bradley in Trinity Way, Manchester.

The raid took place during rush-hour traffic in front of passing motorists. One of the guards was beaten in the street while a gang member shouted at the driver: “Get the f***ing keys out or I will blow your f***ing head off.”

Tony Downes and Kirk Bradley were on remand at HMP Manchester after being accused of presiding over a wave of contract violence across Merseyside.

Hand grenades were thrown at family homes, and rivals were kidnapped and shot. The gang was responsible for 20 separate incidents across Merseyside, which included seven grenade incidents. On one occasion a grenade was accidentally left outside the Birkdale home of Kenny Dalglish.

The escape directly resulted in the collapse of a major trial at Liverpool Crown Court, which was in its 11th week. The complex case was later moved to Woolwich Crown Court for security reasons.

Although Downes and Bradley were later arrested in Holland and brought back to Britain to serve out life sentences, the gang who freed them from the van have so far evaded justice.

Killer

Former Liverpool criminal Charlie Seiga photographed in Liverpool city centre by Colin Lane Liverpool Echo

Charlie Seiga was one of the most famous Liverpool criminals of the 1960s and earned himself the nickname 'Killer'.

Originally from Huyton, Seiga was an old school armed robber - a safe blower and a wages snatcher.

His life of crime in Liverpool stretched over half a century, but a 2014 BBC report said Seiga, who by then was in his 70s, claimed he was a reformed character.

The Lam

Liam Cornett, one of Liverpool's most notorious criminals, in a Bentley in Monte Carlo

Liam Cornett, nicknamed 'the Lam', controlled a sprawling network that ran from his Costa del Sol base to estates in Anfield, Hull, Cardiff and Devon.

The then 29-year-old was hit with one of gangland Liverpool’s heaviest sentences after his sprawling drugs network was busted by one of British crime’s biggest investigations.

Cornett, who had a home in Huyton, arranged for drugs to be smuggled into the UK and distributed across England and Wales.

His name was already known on the streets of Merseyside long before his international operation was brought crashing down.

As he climbed the criminal hierarchy, Cornett’s identity became entwined with the exploits of Liverpool’s underworld.

In 2014, Cornett was jailed in the Netherlands for crimes that effectively equated to attempted murder, threats to kill and causing grievous bodily harm.

The convictions arose from an incident in which he drove at a police officer.

Cornett eventually based himself in Spain, where he made contacts that gave him to access drugs there and in North Africa.

He spent most of his time living a lavish lifestyle with no legitimate means of income.

Cornett partied in the Netherlands and Monaco - where he enjoyed helicopter and Bentley rides.

When he was arrested after flying into Manchester Airport he was wearing a Rolex watch worth more than £50,000.

Cornett was jailed for 26 years and, upon release, will be the subject of a Serious Crime Prevention Order that severely restricts his access to cash and connections.

But unlike the other men on this list, it's unclear where Cornett's nickname actually originates from.

Last month, a court heard that Cornett used his power and influence to build an illicit portfolio valued at more than £1m. Investigators believe £183,270 of the Huyton gangster's wealth remains available for recovery.

Cornett will now have to hand over those assets within three months or face an extra two years in jail.

The Bear

Former UFC competitor, Robbie Broughton

A cage fighter nicknamed "The Bear" was the "enforcer" for a drug empire that collapsed after police seized £20m of cocaine on the M6.

Robbie Broughton enforced debts and collected payments from drug gangs during his time working for a pair of criminal brothers.

Alan and John Tobin supplied vast amounts of Class A drugs from Merseyside to gangs across England, Wales and Scotland.

Alan, 52, of Regency Park, Widnes, and John, 40, formerly of Manor Road, Prescot, traded primarily in cocaine, but also heroin, cannabis and ketamine.

The pair ran a "criminally sophisticated, highly profitable and well-organised business" for more than four years, between 2016 and 2020.

But their drug empire unravelled after detectives intercepted a van containing 186kg of 90% pure cocaine, valued at £20m, on the M6 on August 2, 2018.

Police said it was the largest ever seizure of cocaine on land in the UK and John Tobin's DNA was later found on the bubble wrap of one drug block.

The Tobins both admitted conspiring to supply cocaine, heroin, cannabis and ketamine. Alan Tobin was jailed for 20 years and John Tobin was locked up for 19 years and eight months.

They were backed up by ex-UFC star Robbie 'The Bear' Broughton, 38, of Breccia Gardens, St Helens, who enforced debts and collected payments from gangs.

The cage fighter moved an estimated £30m of cash and worked for the Tobins until 2020, by which time they were debt ridden and John Tobin had been shot.

Broughton, who admitted the cocaine plot, was jailed for eight and a half years.

Docker

Alan Daniels was a hired gun who was the ringleader in a horrific shooting attack on a farmer at his home.

Daniels was the armed enforcer who pulled the trigger at the house in which 65-year-old Charles Baldwin was left very seriously wounded.

The 38-year-old led operations at the property in Aughton, West Lancashire, as a Kirkby-based gang forced their way inside, all toting firearms.

Nicknamed "Docker" in the Merseyside criminal underworld, the Kirkby man had a reputation for shooting people.

Daniels was almost hired by firearm thugs in Sefton as part of a gang dispute in 2019.