A convicted gangster who was arrested in the North East during a national crime sting has been charged with breaching an order imposed upon his release

Curtis Warren, 60, who previously spent 13 years in prison, is alleged to have breached his serious crime prevention order on numerous occasions, the National Crime Agency said.

The gangster, who has been featured on the Sunday Times Rich List, was arrested by the agency’s officers at Boldon Colliery in South Tyneside in July this year.

He was informed of the charges as he answered bail at a police station in Merseyside on Friday (November 17).

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The agency previously said the order came into force after his release from prison “for drug trafficking offences”.

The 11 charges authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service relating to communications devices, travel, vehicles, business arrangements and finances and the alleged offending are said to have been committed between November last year and July this year.

Warren, from Liverpool, has been bailed to appear before the city’s magistrates’ court on December 15.