A father-of-two who led a jetset lifestyle with £100,000 dirty cash from his family’s cocaine racket has been found murdered at his home.
Thomas Campbell, 38, was found dead at a smart £330,000 townhouse in Tameside after police were called following concerns for his welfare.
The victim’s cause of death is not yet publicly known but Greater Manchester Police confirmed a murder inquiry had been launched and said he may have been deliberately targeted by his killer.
Jobless Campbell was jailed for two years in 2019 for concealing criminal property after he and wife Coleen who worked part time for the budget department store chain Matalan went on trips to Cancun in Mexico, Sharm El Sheikh, in Egypt, Gran Canaria, Majorca and Bulgaria.
Thomas Campbell, 38, was found dead at a smart £330,000 townhouse in Tameside after police were called following concerns for his welfare. Pictured with wife Coleen on holiday
Greater Manchester Police confirmed a murder inquiry been launched and said he may have been deliberately targeted by his killer. Pictured, Thomas with wife Coleen on holiday
He claimed to be a personal trainer but was pictured during his holidays ‘carrying a bit of weight.’
Holiday snaps showed the pair enjoying a yacht trip, frolicking at a swim-up bar and reclining on a giant Rattan bed while his wife was seen cuddling a Marmoset monkey.
They also had a double-storey extension to add a bar and bigger kitchen at their house; and spent a thousands on designer clothes and jewellery.
It is thought Campbell served half his sentence before being freed in 2020.
The murder investigation began at 10.30am on Sunday, July 3, after police were called out over the concern for the welfare of a man at an address on Riverside, Mossley. Officers attended and discovered Campbell’s body inside.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Jamie Daniels, said: ‘Following the initial stages of our investigation we now know that there are suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of this man and believe this may have been a targeted attack.
The murder investigation began at 10.30am on Sunday, July 3, after police were called out over the concern for the welfare of a man at an address on Riverside, Mossley. Pictured, police at the scene
Officers attended the property and discovered Campbell’s body inside. Pictured, police at the scene
‘While this enquiry is very much in its infancy and we are keeping an open mind, we would appeal to anyone with any information whatsoever to come forward and speak to the police.
‘This man was someone’s son, someone’s partner, someone’s brother, someone’s father and we are determined to do all we can to find out who is responsible and bring them to justice.
‘There will be an increase in officers in the local area while our investigation progresses.’
Specialist officers are supporting Campbell’s family. Detective Inspector Mark Davis called it a ‘horrific attack’.
Jobless Campbell was jailed for two years in 2019 for concealing criminal property
Campbell, pictured with wife Coleen, was previously linked to family members who had been convicted of possession with intent to supply cocaine
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Jamie Daniels said the inquiry into the death is ‘in its infancy’. Pictured, the couple on holiday
‘Our thoughts are very much with the family who are understandably distressed and wanting answers,’ he said.
‘A team of detectives have been working around the clock to find those responsible in what we believe at this time to have been a targeted attack.
‘A number of lines of enquiry are still being carried out but I would ask anyone with information to come forward — no matter how small it may seem.’
In a post of social media this week Mrs Campbell, 37, said balloons were due to be released into the air as a tribute to her husband and she added: ‘I would like to thank everyone for the messages and calls we have received, I’m sorry I haven’t answered everyone, my concern is my children at this very sad time I’m staying off social media for the next few days — I hope everyone understands.’
When Campbell was being investigated over his finances, police discovered he and his wife then from Clayton, Manchester travelled in ‘premium seats’ to Cancun in Mexico for a 10-day family holiday with their children, staying at the five-star Hard Rock Hotel.
Their accommodation included a Jacuzzi, 24-hour room service as well as an Xbox gaming console.
Campbell claimed to be a personal trainer but was pictured during his holidays ‘carrying a bit of weight’. Pictured on holiday with wife Coleen
The Campbell’s spent more than £60,000 renovating their home, creating a gym area in the garden, a personal bar, TV bed and mosaic floors
During the holiday, which cost £10,000 and was paid for in cash, the family were also said to have chartered a motorboat. The couple were accused of laundering drug money so they could sustain their lavish ‘high life’.
They also allegedly recruited members of their family to help deal with the dirty money.
Between 2012 and 2016 Mrs Campbell paid cash deposits on BMW’s, Audi’s and Mercedes, using monthly instalments to continue to pay them until upgrading to a better model.
When police attended their home in 2015, the couple had a BMW and a high powered Mercedes worth £60,000 on their drive with the matching number plates.
Using finance agreements, Campbell bought a black 6.3 litre Mercedes AMG for £42,000, which also had a personalised number plate while his wife purchased a black BMW X5, also with a personalised number plate, which was bought for £16,500.
Campbell was linked to family members who had been convicted of possession with intent to supply cocaine.
Thomas and wife Coleen outside Manchester Crown Court in 2019
Thomas and wife Coleen outside Manchester Crown Court in 2019. Campbell was jailed for two years in 2019 for concealing criminal property
His brother Lee Campbell and his cousin Stephen Campbell were both convicted of possession with intent to supply cocaine whilst Mrs Campbell’s brother, Brian Bowden had also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine.
Mrs Campbell was given 16 months jail suspended for two years.
Another relative signed off on planning permission for a £60,000 two storey extension to her home which the couple moved into on completion.
The property extension added room to the dining and kitchen area, and an extra bedroom on the second floor.
When renovating the property, they included flat screen TV’s, a gym area in the garden, a personal bar, TV bed and mosaic floors.
Campbell was also found to be in the possession of a ‘Probe 700 FX’ which is used to detect if the owner is being monitored, with the prosecution claiming that he used the device to test if he was being surveyed.
Prosecutors said said the couple were ‘living well on the back of criminality’.