M25 killer Kenneth Noye ‘over the moon’ with BBC depiction of murderous thug as ‘working class hero’

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Road rage murderer Kenneth Noye is ‘over the moon’ with the BBC‘s portrayal of his life of crime in The Gold, an ex-convict friend has said. 

Noye, 75, pictured for the first time since the drama aired last night, has told friends he was happy with his depiction as more of a cheeky chappie than simply a cold-blooded killer.

It is understood Noye, who was spotted shopping for margarine yesterday, was able to access and read the script for The Gold before it aired and was approving of the show.  

The Daily Mail’s TV critic Christopher Stevens said today that the drama turns ‘the murderous thug Noye into BBC’s latest working-class hero’. 

A friend of Noye, who has also served time, said: ‘Kenny is over the moon. The media always put him up as a 24/7 ruthless thug, but he wants people to accept that he has served his time and lives his life quietly and is in a loving relationship.’

M25 killer Kenneth Noye ‘over the moon’ with BBC depiction of murderous thug as ‘working class hero’

Road rage murderer Kenneth Noye is ‘over the moon’ with the BBC portrayal’s of his life of crime in last night’s drama ‘Gold.’ Pictured: Noye, 75, for the first time since the programme aired

A new six-part BBC drama explored the Brink's-Mat gold robbery (Pictured: Actor Jack Lowden starred as Noye)

A new six-part BBC drama explored the Brink’s-Mat gold robbery (Pictured: Actor Jack Lowden starred as Noye)

The BBC's drama The Gold was inspired by the 1983 Brink's-Mat robbery

The BBC’s drama The Gold was inspired by the 1983 Brink’s-Mat robbery

He added: ‘Kenny says people come up to him in the streets and shake his hand. 

‘It’s the same hand that he stabbed two people to death with. He says the public have forgiven him and he never wants to risk being in trouble again.

‘There is a book about his life out soon and he hopes that will help people understand how he has left that criminal life behind.

‘All he does these days is work out every day in the gym and spend time with his girlfriend.’

Noye has been dating self-confessed ‘Hippy Chick’ Michelle Budd for more than a year and the source said he is desperate to whisk her away to a Mexican beach and to the home and studio the late artist Frida Kahlo, one of her heroines.

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‘He is out on parole and can’t travel abroad as Kenny has not been granted a passport. He hopes his new public image will help the cops see that he is no longer a threat and basically an old man trying to catch up with the years he lost while in the slammer.’

Noye and Michelle , who helps children needing therapy, are rarely out of eachother’s sights.

Glamourous granny Michelle is nearly 30 years younger than the career criminal.

Because of his travel restrictions, the furthest they have been able to travel is a caravan park on the Isle of Sheppey.

Horse-loving Mrs Budd, 48, met the notorious gangster at a roadside hamburger outlet near her home, friends said.

They have told only close friends about their acquaintance and have distributed a photograph of them together.

The mother-of-three’s closeness to Noye has surprised her inner circle who find his presence in her life ‘distasteful.’

One said: ‘He is violent man and everyone know about him being a murderer who has spent much of his life as a criminal and in prison.

‘Michelle is a very respectable, nice woman who does a lot to help children, many who have special needs.

One commentator today said the drama 'turned the murderous thug Noye into BBC's latest working class hero'

One commentator today said the drama ‘turned the murderous thug Noye into BBC’s latest working class hero’

Noye is 'over the moon' with the BBC portrayal's of his life of crime in last night's drama 'Gold'

Noye is ‘over the moon’ with the BBC portrayal’s of his life of crime in last night’s drama ‘Gold’

A friend of Noye, who has also served time, said: 'Kenny is over the moon. The media always put him up as a 24/7 ruthless thug, but he wants people to accept that he has served his time and lives his life quietly and is in a loving relationship'

A friend of Noye, who has also served time, said: ‘Kenny is over the moon. The media always put him up as a 24/7 ruthless thug, but he wants people to accept that he has served his time and lives his life quietly and is in a loving relationship’

‘He is a distasteful figure and I wonder what she is thinking being seen around with him.’

Mrs Budd runs the Kent Equine Facilitated Learning Centre at stables in Dartford, Kent which promotes ‘relaxation through horse care.’

She also advocates helping those with anxiety and ‘connecting with nature, managing emotions, and natural crafts.’

The M25 road rage killer was seen in black trainers and trousers as well as a black leather jacket

The M25 road rage killer was seen in black trainers and trousers as well as a black leather jacket

The 75-year-old former convict was seen holding a tub of margarine as he walked to his car

The 75-year-old former convict was seen holding a tub of margarine as he walked to his car

Since his release from prison he has started a relationship with self-confessed 'Hippy Chick' Michelle Budd

Since his release from prison he has started a relationship with self-confessed ‘Hippy Chick’ Michelle Budd

In online posts Mrs Budd describes herself as an Equine learning coach and is a qualified physical education teacher.

She offers: ‘Help for people looking for answers support with relationships, work, progress, acceptance, forgiveness, trauma addicts and autistic children.’

Another one of her organisations is called the ‘Sun moon and stars healing community.’

Her friend added: ‘She is all about peace and love and calls herself a ‘Hippy Chick’ on Facebook. She has a gentle and caring nature. It is all about being kind and reaching into your inner self.

Noye wasn’t expecting repercussions to killing Stephen Cameron. He thought the man and his girlfriend were part of the travelling community and unlikely to go to the police over a fight

Noye wasn’t expecting repercussions to killing Stephen Cameron. He thought the man and his girlfriend were part of the travelling community and unlikely to go to the police over a fight

Stephen Cameron, 21, was murdered by Noye in a road rage incident in 1996

Stephen Cameron, 21, was murdered by Noye in a road rage incident in 1996

Noye had told his two sons and wife Brenda how he'd been embroiled in a fight after a road rage incident on the M25 (Pictured: Police at the scene of the 'road rage' killing on the M25)

Noye had told his two sons and wife Brenda how he’d been embroiled in a fight after a road rage incident on the M25 (Pictured: Police at the scene of the ‘road rage’ killing on the M25) 

Undated Kent Police handout of Kenneth Noye, who was found guilty of the murder of Stephen Cameron, 21, during a road rage fight on the M25 Swanley interchange in Kent on May 19, 1996

Undated Kent Police handout of Kenneth Noye, who was found guilty of the murder of Stephen Cameron, 21, during a road rage fight on the M25 Swanley interchange in Kent on May 19, 1996

Kennneth Noye used a passport (pictured) with the name of Alan Green to escape the UK after he killed Mr Cameron

Kennneth Noye used a passport (pictured) with the name of Alan Green to escape the UK after he killed Mr Cameron

‘Noye is evil, nasty and violent and has killed two people.

‘It is hard for me to see them together. They are like chalk and cheese when it comes to their individual personalities.’

Noye was living on a 20-acre estate in West Kingsdown, Kent, when he stabbed undercover police officer DC John Fordham ten times in 1985 after finding him hiding in the grounds.

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The officer was watching the underworld fence as the Flying Squad probed Noye on suspicion of handling bullion from the £26million Brink’s-Mat raid at Heathrow in 1983.

Noye and Brian Reader, of Hatton Garden heist fame, were charged with murder but acquitted by an Old Bailey jury.

But 11 bullion bars were found at Noye’s home and he and Reader were convicted in 1986 of handling stolen gold. He was given 14 years and fined £500,000 and £200,000 costs.

Spanish policemen escort Noye, centre, to a Cadiz courthouse Saturday, August 29, 1998 after his arrest the night before in Barbate, southern Spain

Spanish policemen escort Noye, centre, to a Cadiz courthouse Saturday, August 29, 1998 after his arrest the night before in Barbate, southern Spain 

Kenneth Noye is escorted into San Jose Court in August 1998. Since May 1996, the notorious career criminal had been constantly dodging the police

Kenneth Noye is escorted into San Jose Court in August 1998. Since May 1996, the notorious career criminal had been constantly dodging the police

Kent Police issued picture of Kenneth Noye in custody at Dartford Police Station on May 20, 1999

Kent Police issued picture of Kenneth Noye in custody at Dartford Police Station on May 20, 1999

An associate of gangster John 'Goldfinger' Palmer (pictured with his wife Marnia in 1987) is said to have helped Noye hide out in Spain

An associate of gangster John ‘Goldfinger’ Palmer (pictured with his wife Marnia in 1987) is said to have helped Noye hide out in Spain

He was given a 25 years sentence for murdering Stephen Cameron.

21, on a slip road on the M25, in May 1996.

After murdering Stephen, Noye left the country in a private jet provided by late Brink’s-Mat pal John Palmer.

He made his way to southern Spain where he was captured in August 1998.

His arrest came the day after Stephen’s girlfriend Danielle, who witnessed the murder, was secretly taken by British police to the area and identified Noye from a distance. She remains under witness protection.

Noye was extradited back to Britain in May 1999 and went on trial at the Old Bailey the following year where Danielle bravely gave evidence.

Noye is separated from his wife Brenda Tremain, with whom he has two adult sons, Kevin and Brett.

Last year he was reported to have been back with his former love Karen Bricker-Jones, a woman he first dated 40 years before.

But the reunion didn’t last long and he has moved on with his Hippy Chick.

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