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Liverpool crook won role in Sylvester Stallone movie Creed

A Liverpool man who was jailed for buying secrets from a corrupt police officer won a role in Hollywood movie Creed.

Gary Disley was jailed in 2006 after being caught buying secrets from a serving police officer.

However, the ECHO can now exclusively reveal that Disley was cast in Rocky movie Creed, which starred Sylvester Stallone.

The Hollywood movie told the story of how ex-champion Rocky Balboa became a mentor and trainer to Adonis ‘Donnie’ Johnson, the son of his late friend and famous rival Apollo Creed.

Gary Disley
Gary Disley
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In Creed an ageing Balboa reluctantly agreed to train Adonis Johnson for a world title fight at Goodison Park against Liverpool’s ‘Pretty’ Ricky Conlan. Conlan, a bad boy boxer facing jail after being caught with a gun in Toxteth, was played by Liverpool born fighter Tony Bellew.

Disley was cast as a member of ‘Team Pretty Ricky’ and appeared in several scenes in the 2015 boxing movie. In one scene Disley trains with Conlan inside a boxing ring during a public workout session.

Disley also appears as a member of Conlan’s team at a high profile press conference. He stands to one side as Conlan takes a place on the stage. But the press conference descended into chaos when Conlan suggested that Johnson was living off Apollo Creed’s reputation.

And Disley appears again when he accompanies Conlan for his big fight at Goodison against Johnson.

Disley climbs into the ring with Conlan before the fight and stands yards away from Sylvester Stallone and legendary ring announcer Michael Buffer. At the end of the fight Disley wraps his arms around Conlan to celebrate his points win.

Gregory O'Leary
Gregory O’Leary

Photographs posted online also appeared to show Disley hanging around the movie set with some of the stars. Some of the photographs appear to have been taken in the US.

Disley’s involvement in such a high profile boxing movie which starred Sylvester Stallone has raised questions.

There is also a degree of confusion as to how Disley might have entered the US, given the stringent rules which block individuals with criminal records from visiting the country.

Disley, from Aintree, was jailed for six months in April 2006, after admitting conspiracy to corrupt a police officer.

Surveillance footage of Greg O'Leary meeting with underworld figures in Liverpool
Surveillance footage of Greg O’Leary meeting with underworld figures in Liverpool

The police corruption case revolved around bent copper Gregory O’Leary, who sold confidential information to Liverpool gangsters. O’Leary, a former vice-chairman of Merseyside Police Federation, sneaked into Stanley Road police station during the early hours of the morning, when he logged on to the police national computer to obtain information for crooks. He also used a flat on Sefton Road in Litherland where he passed the information on to gangsters.

However O’Leary’s nocturnal movements sparked suspicion, and triggered a multi-million pound investigation. The then Home Secretary granted detectives special powers to plant covert listening devices.

Police managed to plant a bug in the flat, which belonged to retired police officer Mark Mitchell. On one occasion the listening device recorded Disley arriving at the flat, which was known as the ‘nest.’

O’Leary said to Disley : “Hiya, mate, how are you doing? There’s the log.”

Greg O'Leary, caught on surveillance accessing the police computer for information while he should have been off sick
Greg O’Leary, caught on surveillance accessing the police computer for information while he should have been off sick

Officers also put a hidden video camera at Stanley Road police station, to record O’Leary’s movements. He used his colleagues’ passwords to log on to computers, and to carry out intelligence checks.

Liverpool crown court heard how O’Leary had been with the force for 20 years when he decided to betray his colleagues and sell confidential information to crooks for cash. His actions sabotaged police investigations into drug dealers, bombings, customs cases and a murder in the west Midlands.

O’Leary, then 39 was convicted on six counts of misconduct in a public office and jailed for three-and-a-half years at Liverpool crown court. Mitchell was was jailed for two years and 11 months for conspiring to corrupt a police officer.

Jon Murphy, then deputy chief constable of Merseyside Police, spoke out after case.

He said: “This was criminality of the worst kind. Police officers are paid to serve the public, but O’Leary betrayed them and his colleagues.”

Prior to the corruption scandal O’Leary already had a shocking disciplinary record with the force. In 1993, while serving as a CID officer, he was reprimanded for using unnecessary violence towards a prisoner, it was said. In December 1997, he was cautioned by a disciplinary panel after being convicted by magistrates for “persistently making use of the public telecommunications system for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another.”

In April 1998 O’Leary was arrested and suspended from duty over an allegation of credit card misuse, although no further action was taken. In December that year he was interviewed under caution as part of a criminal investigation into alleged car insurance fraud. But the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to proceed.

O’Leary was eventually sacked by Merseyside Police in 2006 following a disciplinary hearing.

Disley did not respond when contacted by the ECHO.

MGM Studios declined to comment.

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