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Adams family member Terry Adams back in jail

A member of the notorious north London Adams crime family has been jailed for failing to disclose details of his finances.

Terry Adams, 57, was jailed for seven years in 2007 for money laundering. He was released in June 2010.

He was given a 10-year financial reporting order requiring him to inform the authorities about his finances.

Adams was jailed by Westminster magistrates for eight weeks after pleading guilty to breaching the order.

He did not reveal that he paid a Harley Street clinic £7,500 for treatment for a skin problem.

Nor did he disclose payments totalling nearly £10,000 to his solicitors to fund an unsuccessful legal challenge over his categorisation as one of the most dangerous offenders.

Malcolm Swift QC, defending, told Friday's hearing that the breaches were "technical" and Adams had been "considerably chastened" by his return to prison.

But district judge Quentin Purdy called him a "shrewd and calculating individual".

The judge told Adams: "You have wilfully and arrogantly sought to frustrate the effects of the financial reporting order."

Adams was ordered to pay £1,500 costs. The court was told he would apply for parole next month.

The Adams family was one Britain's most feared crime families during the 1980s and 90s.

Adams was linked to the family for nearly two decades.

Neither the police nor the Serious Organised Crime Agency, which carried out the latest prosecution, said they could release a picture of Adams.

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