The Godmothers: How the matriarchs of a once-respectable Liverpool family built a crime empire living on invalidity benefits


Shameless and dangerous: Police mugshots of Carol Whitney, and her daughter Lisa, who made drug dealing a family business Shameless and dangerous: Police mugshots of Carol Whitney, and her daughter Lisa, who made drug dealing a family business

Shameless and dangerous: Police mugshots of Carol Whitney, and her daughter Lisa, who made drug dealing a family business

Like father, like son: Leslie Whitney, left, and son Paul, have been jailed for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs Like father, like son: Leslie Whitney, left, and son Paul, have been jailed for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs

Like father, like son: Leslie Whitney, left, and son Paul, have been jailed for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs

Life of crime: Police recovered a stolen assault rifle and ammunition, top, from Mary McCabe

Life of crime: Police recovered a stolen assault rifle and ammunition, top, from Mary McCabe

Life of crime: Police recovered a stolen assault rifle and ammunition, top, from Mary McCabe”s (Carol Whitney”s mother) car and 12kg of heroin


Hero: Tom Whitney, Leslie

Hero: Tom Whitney, Leslie”s father, fought in the Royal Navy during World War Two and would have been ashamed of what his family has become

Regular haunt for drug users: The Anfield street where the Whitney family ran their criminal enterprise

Regular haunt for drug users: The Anfield street where the Whitney family ran their criminal enterprise