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Gordon Ramsay's brother sells big issue in Plymouth

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: August 04, 2009

  • Ronnie Ramsay in Plymouth

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THIS is the troubled brother of multi-millionaire chef Gordon Ramsay – selling copies of the Big Issue outside a Plymouth department store.

Homeless Ronnie Ramsay, 41, has battled heroin addiction for years and was jailed for ten months in 2007 while in Indonesia after he was caught with the drug.

He was later released from a prison in Bali and is now back in Britain, living on the streets and raising money selling the Big Issue.

Ronnie was spotted recently outside Marks and Spencer in Plymouth – but none of his customers realised he was Gordon's brother.

He was spotted selling copies of the £1.50 magazine while wearing waterproof clothes in the rain.

Ronnie said: "I'm down on my luck and haven't had any contact with Gordon or my mum for a while. They have wiped their hands of me and this is all I can do to get by.

"Things have gone bad for me since I was in Indonesia. I've been back in Britain for ages but the family won't talk to me."

In February 2007 Ronnie was caught with 100 milligrams of heroin outside a supermarket in the Balinese resort of Kuta and fined £260 and jailed for ten months. He appealed to his brother for £6,000 for a top lawyer to help him escape the charges, but Gordon Ramsay refused. At the time Ronnie said: "All it is to him is the price of a wheel off one of his Ferraris."

Speaking in his autobiography, Humble Pie, the chef revealed he had previously paid for his younger brother to attend rehab five times. He wrote: "It's the one thing I feel I've failed at. I find it hard knowing that there's nothing I can do to help"

After he was jailed Gordon also revealed his heroin addict brother threatened to kill him and his children in an effort to get cash. He said: "Of course Ronnie wanted money. He's tried everything. Death threats. Calls at midnight from various horrible people saying they know what time my kids leave school. Things like that, which you just shouldn't have to have in your life.

"I've changed my numbers, got extra security in the house with CCTV everywhere, but I'm not giving in. I'm not living like that anymore."

Gordon Ramsay began supporting his brother years ago and confessed that he even bought him heroin to get him through their father's funeral in 1997.

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    waverider, plymouth  |  September 24 2009, 9:34PM

    ref mick barbican- its about time people get off the band wagon of smokers being second class i maybe a smoker but i hardly consider it anywhere in the same vain of a heroin addict i have never robbed anyone for a fix and am more than able to work a fulltime job....

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    Eyes wide open, Realityville  |  August 26 2009, 5:05PM

    Ronnie a gentleman? Don't make me laugh. That scumbag has robbed his own mother and friends for for a fix on more than one occasion. He's been numerous chances to get clean, & lots of help from his family and former friends over the year and he's messed up every single time. I have zero sympathy for him and the self-pity that he so loves to wallows in. there's only one person who can help Ronnie... Ronnie.

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    linda, plymouth  |  August 06 2009, 2:13PM

    ive known ronnie 4 about 6yrs and he his a proper gent we all have problems in life and all deal with them in different ways,why dont u all just give the poor lad a brake ,he can't help it if he as a fowl mouthed brother .ronnie is a gent and polite so come on plymouth give him a chance

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    Wonky Eyes, Plymouth  |  August 05 2009, 11:56AM

    He looks more like a professional footballer than a drug abuser. I look more like drug addled weirdo than he does and I don't even do drugs. Drug dealers are hardly the salt of the earth are they? If I was Gordon I'd be tempted to fricasee a few drug peddlers. Eat what's in season now? Barbequed Drug Dealer cooked on an open fire by the beach?

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    Money isn't a Drug?, Plymouth  |  August 05 2009, 1:45AM

    Wasn't the whole Country and Gordon Brown addicted to credit which fuelled unrelistic, unsustainable property price bubble which gave us unreal funny money via borrowing and remortgaging that we could then blow in the High Street? Isn't blowing money you've not earned on stuff you don't need an addiction? What's the cure? Frantically talking up the economy and property price values so we can get the economy 'booming' again.

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    Mick, Barbican  |  August 04 2009, 10:13PM

    Dr Who quote- "People who need a book of rules are weak sheep in my opinion" Tell that to Bear..;) "My Christian faith is my backbone"- Bear Grylls quote on his website

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    Dr Who Cares?, Plymouth  |  August 04 2009, 9:40PM

    I feel sorry for you Mick, as a REAL man I don't need drugs, drink or religion to get through my day. People who need a book of rules are weak sheep in my opinion.

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    Rab, Plympton  |  August 04 2009, 9:35PM

    If anybody wants or needs advice on addiction of drugs/alcohol they can contact me. Any abuse will be reported to police.

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    Rab, Plympton  |  August 04 2009, 9:19PM

    Fair enough Mick. Glad to see you have see you have seen the error of your ways' . (please don't take it too seriously ) .

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    Rab, Plympton  |  August 04 2009, 9:13PM

    Silence is Golden. (More to come ?).

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