Darren Gee, 40, was one of Liverpool’s violent and most-feared criminals who claims to have turned his back on crime after serving a prison term over the murder of the “wrong man”. He told today’s youngsters that a path of crime was not worth it, urging them to keep their heads down and study instead. Gee was jailed for 18 years in 2006 after being convicted of conspiracy to murder for arranging rival drug dealer and father-of-five David Regan, 36, to be shot dead at his car wash in 2004.

He plotted the death after he was wrongly told that Mr Regan had been behind a firearms attempt on his life that had left innocent Craig Barker, 19, dead a month earlier.

Gee said Class A drugs supply was behind the current spate of street-gang knife and gun murders across the UK.

He insisted that those involved were wrong to have followed him down the same path.

Gee now campaigns to teach children the benefits of choosing life over crime and has released his own rap music. He described his life after release from prison as **** due to his past.

He appears in a new television documentary for Channel 5, starting tomorrow, in which gangsters are interviewed. Gee said: “Kids are killing kids over Class A drugs, and once one kid in an area kills another kid in the area you’re looking at 30 years of problems.

“You’re not just looking at them two kids getting shot, now let’s forget about it.

“No, you’re looking at them two kids’ friends growing up with hatred against the other firm and it doesn’t stop.

“It just continues. It’s not the life to get into and you might think look at that mate he’s selling a bit of weed and he’s got nice trainers, but that mate, in a year or two is in jail and ****** on drugs.You’re not if you get on the [right] path and stay [at school] to work and go to college, settle in, make your dough.

“That’s what it’s about. Don’t go down the line I’ve went [sic] down, because you’ll be sat here like this sounding like a ****head with no money, no wife and no life.”

Gee said there remains a contract on his life due to his past. During filming he received a tipoff that someone in the underworld is planning to kill him after two attempts six months ago.

It was behind bars that he learnt Mr Regan had nothing to do with killing Mr Barker and he got the wrong man.

He said: “David Regan was an innocent man in all this and had nothing to do with it.

“I’ve lived with that right through the last 10 years and am filled with guilt, but I can’t mend it with his family, because it’s gone too far.You can’t call a truce once there’s a fatality.”

Executed on the Streets: Gang Wars, Channel 5, tomorrow, 10pm.

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