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6 criminals who turned their lives around

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Darlington Football Club

4. George Reynolds

Crime: Safe-cracking, handling explosives, burglary and theft

Born in the slums of Sunderland, George Reynolds became involved in crime early on in life. He was first convicted for stealing cigarettes, which he traded for food for his family. But Reynolds soon found himself in a world of bare-knuckle fighting, smuggling gelignite in the fridge of a Mr Softee ice cream van and blowing up safes.

After four years in prison, he moved into business, quickly amassing 300m through chipboard and kitchen worktops. In 1999, Reynolds bought Darlington Football Club, clearing their 5.5m debt with a single cheque.

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