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THE DEMON BARBER ORDERS FERRIS HIT; Ecstasy pusher vows to cut Scots rival down to size.

Byline: Exclusive By Richard Elias

SCOTLAND'S one-time biggest Ecstasy supplier has taken out a contract on Paul Ferris.

Jason Lee Vella's threat came after the pair clashed while they served time in a top-security prison.

Now the man described as a 'supremely cunning psychopath' and dubbed the Demon Barber of Basildon has promised to take out the Glasgow hardman.

Yesterday, Ferris said: 'I am aware of the threats but I have moved on now and am trying to get on with my own life.'

One of Vella's victims was branded with a hot iron, another was tortured for hours with knives and another was raped with a snooker cue.

Almost all had their heads shaved, which earned him the Demon Barber tag.

Vella, 31, has recently been released early from jail after being sentenced to 17 years for drug supply, false imprisonment and violence.

He and Ferris clashed when both ended up in the maximum-security HMP Frankland,near Durham.

Glaswegian Ferris was seeing out the remainder of his sentence for gun-running and, according to prison sources, Vella took an instant dislike to him.

One said: 'Vella thought he was the 'main man' in Frankland but was causing all sorts of aggro for the cons and the screws alike.

'Ferris went in and had a word with him when he arrived there from HMP Belmarsh and sorted a few things out.

'Matters quietened down and then Ferris was released and Vella began bragging all over again about what he was going to do to him.

'But when Ferris was recalled for breaching his parole and was sent back to Frankland, he once again had a quiet word with Vella.

'Nothing else happened until the day Ferris was being released when,seconds before he was due to walk through the gate,Vella jumped him.

'Ferris did not do anything in response but Vella has since been calling the shots, saying he is going to restart his Ecstasy business to Scotland and take care of Ferris too.'

Vella - who owned two piglets called Ronnie and Reggie - organised massive shipments of Ecstasy from his native Essex to Scotland.

He linked up with a Lanarkshire biker gang to help distribute them


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Date:May 16, 2005
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