Seaham’s ‘Plastic Gangster’ began offending at just 13

STEPHEN SEDDON ... must serve at least 40 years of a life sentence.
STEPHEN SEDDON ... must serve at least 40 years of a life sentence.
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WHEN Seddon arrived in the North East in 1996, he tried to create a reputation he was a hard man with influence. But to his rivals and neighbours, he was nicknamed the “Plastic Gangster”.

He quickly became involved in feuds on the town’s Parkside estate. In one clash around seven years ago, his ear was bitten off outside the chip shop as he went to pick up his supper dressed in pyjamas and slippers, leaving him needing plastic surgery.

The brawl led to him and two other men being arrested, but the case was dropped when the Crown Prosecution Service decided there was no prospect of a successful prosecution.

Seddon grew up in Timperley, a Manchester suburb. His father worked for British Airways and the family were “comfortable”. He began offending at the age of just 13, appearing before youth courts for offences of burglary, handling and theft.

Further convictions followed as an adult for taking vehicles without consent, and he was jailed at Bolton Crown Court in 1989 for a series of offences including obtaining goods by deception, theft and making off without payment.