And now a choice of viewing on BBC Television. Last Tuesday a reign of terror was ended when the notorious Piranha brothers, Doug and Dinsdale, after one of the most extraordinary trials in British legal history, were sentenced to years imprisonment for crimes of violence.
We examined the rise to power of the Piranhas, the methods they used to subjugate rival gangs and their subsequent tracking down and capture by the brilliant Superintendent Harry 'Snapper' Organs of Q Division. Doug and Dinsdale Piranha were born, on probation, Charming boys nailing this small house in Kipling Road, Southwark, the eldest sons in a family of sixteen.
Their father Arthur Piranha, a scrap metal dealer and TV quizmaster, was well known to the police, and a devout Catholic.
In he had married Kitty Malone, an up-and-coming East End Charming boys nailing.
Doug was born in February and Dinsdale two weeks later; and again a week after that. Someone who remembers them well was their next door neighbour, Mrs April Simnel. Oh yes Kipling Road was a typical East End Street, people were in and out of each other's houses with each other's property all day.
They were a cheery lot. Was it a terribly violent area Mrs Simmel: I remember Doug was very keen on boxing, but when he learned to walk he took up putting the boot in the groin.
He was very interested in that. His mother had a terrible job getting him to come in for tea. Putting his little boot in he'd be, bless him. All the kids were like that then, they didn't have their heads stuffed with all this Cartesian dualism.
When the Piranhas left school they were called Charming boys nailing but were found by an Army Board to be too unstable even for National Service. Denied the opportunity to use their talents in the service of their country, they began to operate what they called 'The Operation' They would select a victim and then threaten to beat him up if he paid the so-called protection money.
Four months later they started another operation which the called 'The Other Operation'.
In this racket they selected another victim and threatened not to beat him up if he didn't pay them. One month later they hit upon 'The Other Other Operation'.
In this the victim was threatened that if he didn't pay them, they would beat him up. This for the Piranha brothers was the turning point. Cut to Superintendent Organs - Subtitle: Harry 'Snapper' Organs Organs: Doug and Dinsdale Piranha now formed a gang, which the called 'The Gang' and used terror to take over night clubs, billiard halls, gaming casinos and race tracks.
When they tried to take over the MCC they were for the only time in their lives, slit up a treat. As their empire spread however, we in Q Division were keeping tabs on their every move by reading the colour supplements.
Well one day I was at home threatening the kids when I looks Charming boys nailing through the hole in the wall and sees this tank pull up and out gets one of Dinsdale's boys, so he comes in nice and friendly and says Dinsdale wants to have a word with Charming boys nailing, so he chains me to the back of the tank and takes me for a scrape round to Dinsdale's place and Dinsdale's there in the conversation pit with Doug and Charles Paisley, the baby crusher, and two film producers and a man they called 'Kierkegaard', who just sat there biting the heads of whippets and Dinsdale says 'I hear you've been a naughty boy Clement' and he splits me nostrils open and saws me leg off and pulls me liver out and I tell him my name's not Clement and Charming boys nailing He nailed your head to the floor?
At first yeah Presenter: Another man who had his head nailed to the floor was Stig O' Tracy. I've been told Dinsdale Piranha nailed your head to the floor. He was a smashing bloke. He used to buy his mother flowers and that. He was like a brother to me. But the police have film of Dinsdale actually nailing your head to the floor. Well he had to, didn't he? I mean there was nothing else he could do, be fair.
I had transgressed the unwritten law. What had you done?