Critics believe the authorities may have turned a blind eye out of fear of
receiving a legal challenge on human rights grounds.
In one posting, Gunn, 42, said: “I will be home one day and I can’t wait to
look into certain people’s eyes and see the fear of me being there.” In
another message he wrote: “It’s good to have an outlet to let you know how I
am, some of you will be in for a good slagging, some have let me down badly,
and will be named and shamed, f****** rats.”
Gunn’s criminal empire in Nottingham was one of the main reasons why it became
known as “assassination city”.
His site, which he appears to have been able to update on a daily basis, was
shut down on Friday after The Sunday Times raised the alarm.
Jack Straw, the justice secretary, said that he will launch a crackdown on
Facebook use by prisoners.
Straw’s department insisted that social networking sites are prohibited in
jail, but Gunn is the latest — albeit the most dangerous — offender to be
caught posting comments.
Last week it emerged Jade Braithwaite, one of the thugs jailed for knifing to
death Ben Kinsella, 16, used Facebook to taunt his victim’s family.