Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels inspiration David Courtney offers reward for his peacock

An ex-gangster offers a £250 reward to help catch his beloved peacock, who escaped after he didn’t realize he could fly.

David Courtney, 63, who is said to have been the inspiration for Vinnie Jones’s character Big Chris in Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, built a special 12-foot-high fence for the bird.

But seconds after bringing the new pet home to Camelot Castle in Plumstead, southeast London, it flew out of the roofless chicken coop.

Dave said, “I just had no idea they could fly, I thought it was like a chicken or something.”

Now the bright blue and green bird, named Percy by Dave, is running around the area as neighbors wake up at 4am with his mating call.

Dave, who has also starred in a number of gangster movies including The Dead Sleep Easy and Clubbing To Death, says he sees the bird in his house at least twice a day.

But every time he approaches to try to catch it with a large fishing net, the bird escapes him.

A former gangster turned actor offers a reward to help catch his beloved pet Peacock (pictured), after it escaped from his garden and started running amok in his mansion.

A former gangster turned actor offers a reward to help catch his beloved pet Peacock (pictured), after it escaped from his garden and started running amok in his mansion.

David Courtney, 63, who is said to have been the inspiration for Vinnie Jones' character Big Chris (pictured) in Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, built a special 12-foot-high fence for the bird.

David Courtney, 63, who is said to have been the inspiration for Vinnie Jones' character Big Chris (pictured) in Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, built a special 12-foot-high fence for the bird.

David Courtney, 63, who is said to have been the inspiration for Vinnie Jones’ character Big Chris (pictured) in Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, built a special 12-foot-high fence for the bird.

Former gangster David Courtney (pictured while attending the Barnado's and Animal Friends benefit in 2005) is now offering a cash reward for someone who helps catch the bird for £250

Former gangster David Courtney (pictured while attending the Barnado's and Animal Friends benefit in 2005) is now offering a cash reward for someone who helps catch the bird for £250

Former gangster David Courtney (pictured while attending the Barnado’s and Animal Friends benefit in 2005) is now offering a cash reward for someone who helps catch the bird for £250

But seconds after bringing the new pet home to Camelot Castle (pictured) in Plumstead, southeast London, it flew out of the roofless chicken coop, and Dave didn't realize the exotic bird could fly.

But seconds after bringing the new pet home to Camelot Castle (pictured) in Plumstead, southeast London, it flew out of the roofless chicken coop, and Dave didn't realize the exotic bird could fly.

But seconds after bringing the new pet home to Camelot Castle (pictured) in Plumstead, southeast London, it flew out of the roofless chicken coop, and Dave didn’t realize the exotic bird could fly.

His bird - which was given to him - has appeared on top of people's roofs, cars and gardens after escaping seven weeks ago.

His bird - which was given to him - has appeared on top of people's roofs, cars and gardens after escaping seven weeks ago.

His bird – which was given to him – has appeared on top of people’s roofs, cars and gardens after escaping seven weeks ago.

His bird – which was given to him – has appeared on top of people’s roofs, cars and gardens after escaping seven weeks ago.

ONE OF BRITAIN’S MOST KNOWN LIVING GANGSTERS

Dave Courtney was born in Bermondsey, London, in 1959.

The 52-year-old has made a name for himself through his alleged affiliation with famous tough men like Reggie Kray.

He was only nine years old when the Krays were jailed, but claims to have organized security for Ronnie Kray’s funeral in 1995.

Courtney became famous as a knuckle-wielding debt collector, and claims to have been shot, stabbed, and almost had his nose bitten off.

He claims to have been found not guilty in 19 separate trials, but in January 2009 he was given an 18-month conditional discharge at Bristol Crown Court, on a charge of possession of live ammunition without a firearms certificate.

In 2004 he was acquitted of attacking his wife Jennifer Pinto for an alleged lesbian relationship.

Four years earlier, he walked free from the Old Bailey after being acquitted of being part of a plot to plant cocaine on an innocent woman.

During the trial, he was made a registered police informant using the alias ‘Tommy Mack’.

But Courtney insisted that she simply took advantage of the system to disguise a relationship with a corrupt detective.

“I’ve never been a weed,” he said.

It is also known that he spent time in Belmarsh Prison.

In recent times he has become something of a celebrity figure, making a living from his appearances in numerous television documentaries and a number of low-budget British gangster films. He also starred in, directed and produced his own film Hell To Pay.

Courtney has published six books, including titles like Dodgy Dave’s Little Black Book, and recorded a version of ‘I Fought The Law’ with Scottish pop-punks Mute.

He refers to himself as Dave Courtney OBE – ‘One Big Ego’ – and has a painted depiction of himself as a gentleman in his south London home.

He appealed to his 19,500 followers on Instagram, saying: “Right everyone – I can’t bear the loss of my beloved peacock, and I know it’s causing so much chaos for my neighbors (then it must be mine!)

‘To that end, I am [offering] £250 to anyone who catches and returns the peacock to me! I’ve tried and it’s eluding me, so let someone else try!’

Dave later explained: “A good friend of mine who raises them gave me the peacock as a gift.

He said it would look nice in my back garden and told me that once you feed them they are quite homey and don’t like to go far.

But I didn’t get a chance to show him what a good home he had before he flew away.

Dave, who has also written six books, added: “I can hear him screaming first thing in the morning from about 20 houses, but I haven’t had any luck catching him.”

‘I’ve already had about 10 or 15 sightings today and it’s only 9:30am.

“But physically I can’t run from one side of the street to the other to each one of them; I’m wearing out my shoes.”

The former gangster has tried a variety of methods to lure his pet back into the roost, including downloading a peacock mating call app and trying to catch it with a bag of Sainsbury’s. But he is convinced that his feathered friend is “making fun” of him.

He said: ‘You can get to within about eight feet of him before he flies away again. He is happy as Larry flying over there. I know it sounds silly, but I swear he’s making fun of me.

And Dave’s request for help on social media was also not met with the response he was looking for.

He added: “People keep coming like cowboys and asking if I want him dead or alive, but I definitely want him alive.”

While most of the neighbors are enjoying the unusual spectacle and have fed the unruly peacock, some have been unhappy about the noisy bird.

Dave said: ‘I just want to apologize to my neighbours. I do my best, but he is even more slippery than me.

Half of them are scolding me because they think I’m being cruel, but the other half love it.

“Many people have been taking photos, I think it will have its own Facebook page soon. He is now a peacock on the streets of London. I think he’s more famous than me.

Courtney has published six books, including titles like Dodgy Dave’s Little Black Book, and recorded a version of ‘I Fought The Law’ with Scottish pop-punks Mute.

He refers to himself as Dave Courtney OBE – ‘One Big Ego’ – and has a painted depiction of himself as a gentleman in his south London home.

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