Hartlepool yachtsman who set up floating off-licence to tell of run-in with crime bosses on TV

ON BOARD: Phil Berriman is releasing a book about his floating off-licence off the coast of Hartlepool. Pictured with son Teddy, two.

ON BOARD: Phil Berriman is releasing a book about his floating off-licence off the coast of Hartlepool. Pictured with son Teddy, two.

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A yachtsman who set up a floating off-licence is to appear on TV to talk about his run-in with crime bosses.

Phil Berriman set up the off licence off the coast of Hartlepool in 2004 and was caught by Customs Officers with more than £120,000 worth of booze and cigarettes.

Before that, 21 years ago, the father-of-three was arrested after sailing a yacht loaded with 3.5 tons of cannabis, today worth £12m, into the Helford River, near Falmouth on the south coast of England.

He is set to appear on Live By The Sword, a TV show on freeview channel Quest at 10pm on Sunday.

On the show, he’ll talk about how he was forced to import the cannabis by Newcastle villain Paddy Conroy, how he stood trial, pleaded duress and was acquitted.

He’ll also discuss how, shortly afterwards, he was attacked and beaten with hammers by unknown assailants.

The show will also feature stories of other people’s involvement in the criminal world throughout the country.