Sunday, 31 March 2013

John Banks

This individual is notorious for his connections to the Security Services and for the recruitment of mercenaries in the seventies.  Banks had been dishonourably discharged fron the Army, had convictions for blackmail and been a paid informer for various agencies.  He has been described as an "Agent Provocateur" and has had people jailed on his say-so, but everything has not been very rosy with his informing activities.  His involvement with mercenaries began in the mid seventies with fighting that was going on in Rhodesia, as it was then known.  I do know one former paratrooper who was approached to volunteer for this African campaign but turned it down.  The whole recruiting exercise fell apart.

    Banks returned with the recruiting of mercenaries to fight in Angola.  This is actually what happened, despite the ridiculous claims of one man.  It was spelled out by Dave Tomkins & Chris Dempster in their book "Firepower" about their role in the fighting in Angola.  It was also reiterated to me in an email from Dave Tomkins himself.  British mercenaries were in Angola; Costas Georgiou(Callan) Nick Hall & i think, Mick Wainhouse.  After a spectacularly lucky attack on the MPLA forces, more mercenaries were requested.  NICK HALL came back to Britain and asked JOHN BANKS to do the recruiting.  Georgiou DID NOT do any recruiting.  He was out in Angola!!!

    Banks then surfaced in a trial at the Old Bailey involving arms for the IRA in which three men received lengthy prison sentences.  It was claimed that Banks persuaded the accused to buy guns from him, making the whole scenario, a set-up.  Back in the seventies, juries simply would never believe that kind of behaviour went on.  Banks then found himself in jail for blackmail, but absconded from an open prison, being a wanted man for eight months.  Yet when he was recaptured, the authorities gave him an astonishingly light punishment.

    Banks popped up in more criminal cases including drugs, murder plots, military plots, intimidation of witnesses, and yet he was still highly regarded by Police & Security Services, and most disturbingly, he had no conscience at all when it come to setting up and betraying his friends.  It is alleged that Banks has been paid a great deal of money for his informing activities.  There is still a great deal more information in the public domain about Banks, which is worth people researching, and shows the depths of criminality that informants can sink to.


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  2. Hi there, You do not specify which guy might be your dad, but the only contact I have had with anybody involved in Angola, was Dave Tomkins. We exchanged a couple of emails a few years back about that campaign, but beyond that, I know nothing. Regards Daryl

  3. sorry about my last reply. You were talking about Nick Hall, but all I know about him was that he was very young for a "Senior" rank in the FLNA. There only being Hall, Georgiou and Wainhouse out there originally, but one man who lived not far away from here, was Colin Evans, who lived in Dewsbury but I believe he has passed away. Regards Daryl

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    1. Hello again Miss Hall. I am an amateur crime buff, true crime reader and viewer of documentaries. I also remember vividly the hiring of mercenaries for Angola and the subsequent events afterwards such as the trial. I have a great memory for remembering events in the 70`s, plus I read years back, the book on the whole saga by Dave Tomkins & Chris Dempster. I contacted Mr Tomkins after a man made various claims about being hired to go out to Angola. Mr Tomkins said this guy was a "Bullshit Merchant" somebody immersing himself into other people`s actions. I am nobody special, but just a knowledgeable guy with a good memory. Regards Daryl