Gladiator star Mike Ahearne caught with bags of steroids and CS spray canisters

A former TV star was caught with shopping bags full of serious and CS gas canisters by police who had raided the Gladiators home.

Mike Ahearne, 59, rose to fame as TV star Warrior in the hit Saturday night sports gameshow Gladiators in the 1990s.

Despite spending seven years earning up to £100,000-a-year for the game show, Ahearne fell from grace and was jailed for 15 months in 1998.

Liverpool Magistrates Court today heard police raided the former star’s home in Wirral on January 23 2018, Liverpool Echo reports.

Police discovered a large stash of various anabolic steroids contained in a plastic Tesco shopping bag, another carrier bag and two boxes.

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He was arrested on suspicion of possessing the Class C drugs with intent to supply, but no charges were brought over the haul.

Ahearne was however charged over the CS spray and admitted three counts of possessing a weapon "designed or adapted for the discharge of a noxious liquid.”

In October 2018, he was was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for 12 months, at Liverpool Crown Court.

Merseyside Police today applied to the magistrates' court for the steroids to be destroyed, under the The Police Property Act 1897.

Ahearne wasn't required to attend the hearing, having previously indicated that he did not wish for the property to be returned.

District Judge Jim Clark made an order for the steroids to be destroyed.

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Ahearne’s lucrative world of celebrity first came crashing down when he was linked to a corruption scandal involving a bent cop.

He was arrested on the afternoon of Thursday, March 13, 1997 and accused of involvement in a plot to foil the prosecution of Philip Glennon Jnr.

Glennon Jnr had been accused of firing a handgun at a bouncer and then a police officer outside a Liverpool nightclub in 1996 and was charged with attempted murder.

Liverpool drugs baron, Curtis Warren, is the brother-in-law of Glennon Jnr, who tried to foil the investigation by paying corrupt officer Detective Chief Inspector Elmore 'Elly' Davies £10,000, to pass on details of what the police knew about the incident, when a doorman was also shot.

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Gladiator Ahearne had passed money from Warren to his friend Davies – then head of Merseyside's drugs squad – for information about the case.

Following a trial at Nottingham Crown Court in 1998, at which Ahearne decided not to give evidence, the TV star was convicted of an act with tendency to pervert the course of justice and jailed for 15 months.

Mr Ahearne was released from prison after just six months, having impressed bosses at Wealstun jail in West Yorkshire.

In 2004, he opened his own exclusive golf bar – On The Green, in New Brighton – after pumping £250,000 into the venture.

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He then ran Mike Ahearne's Pro Gym in Birkenhead, but in August 2017 was cornered by four gangsters who threatened to stab him.

A court heard the group demanded money from Ahearne, who was told "I will do you in if I do not get the money" at Ruben's Coffee Shop.

Scott Monaghan and Carl Morgan were joined by Alan and Peter Maddocks, who also made demands for cash, with Alan Maddocks kicking Ahearne in the shin and producing a Stanley knife.

He said "I'll stab you in the f***ing neck", while his brother, who gave Ahearne the impression he had a blade in his pocket, said: "I'll stab you in the other side of the neck."

Ahearne's wife, Gemma, drove past and noticed the men surrounding her husband and she approached the group out of concern he would be kidnapped and Ahearne sat and talked with Morgan in his van.

The court heard the debt related to a relatively large amount of money provided to a friend of Ahearne as an investment.

Monaghan, 28, Carl Morgan, 45, Alan Maddocks, 40, and Peter Maddocks, 42, admitted affray after prosecutors dropped a charge of blackmail in 2018.

Alan Maddocks, of Woodchurch Road, Birkenhead, and Peter Maddocks, of no fixed address, were jailed for 56 weeks.

Morgan, of Belmont Drive, Anfield, and Monaghan, of Alexander House in Sandy Lane, Seaforth, each received 52 weeks in prison.

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