The Lancashire Evening Post caught up with a local who paints quite a colorful picture of Giuseppe Persico, an associate of the Camorra or Neapolitan Mafia, who had been quietly living as a fugitive in northern England until his arrest last October:
The man, who is from Chorley but too frightened to be named, told the Evening Post he quizzed Giuseppe Persico when he noticed scars from gunshots and stab wounds all over his body. * * * He had been in Chorley for two years before Italian authorities swooped on him at Faro airport in Portugal and extradited him to Italy. It came 18 months after Mafia godfather Gennaro Panzuto, 34, was arrested at his home in Cock Robin Lane, Catterall, near Garstang, and extradited. * * * The 20-year-old man who befriended Persico claimed Panzuto and Persico were friends with another man living in Lancashire who shared the same distinctive tattoo – an intricate inking of three white faces on one of their forearms. * * * He recalls: "I saw him in his boxers one day. He was full of gunshots and stab scars. There was an entry and exit wound on his left arm, and about eight scars on his right shoulder. There were stab scars on his stomach. "I said: 'Joe, you were in the Mafia weren't you?'. He said 'no' at first and shook it off. He didn't admit it to me for weeks. But he loved his cocaine and when he was off his head one night he finally told me the truth.