Road rage murderer Kenny Noye has formed a friendship with a divorcee who describes herself as a ‘hippy chick’ and offers horse hugging therapy for children.
The double killer, 74, has been out and about with glamorous mother-of-three Michelle Budd who is nearly 30 years younger his junior and describes Noye as a family friend.
Noye has been spotted visiting her home in Kent and they have been seen driving around the countryside together, and on trips to local pubs.
He has even turned up at her stables where she introduces groups of young children to her horses, helping many with anxiety or emotional problems. However, she denied they were in a relationship when approached by MailOnline.
The friendship between the unlikely pair has shocked many friends of horse lover Mrs Budd, 47, as they are disturbed about Noye’s criminal past.
Kenny Noye, 74, is pictured this week visiting the stables of new friend Michelle Budd, 47, before the pair drove off together
Noye (left) a career criminal who was jailed for the M25 road rage murder of Stephen Cameron in 1996 has been spending time with self-confessed ‘hippie chick’ Michelle (right), 47, who is divorced and has three adult children
The friendship between Noye and Michelle (above) has concerned her friends who are uncomfortable with his criminal past. However, Michelle denied they were in a relationship when approached this week by MailOnline
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, some of who have special needs.
‘He is a distasteful figure and I wonder what she is thinking being seen around with him.’
Noye has been seen out and about with new friend, Michelle
Sources said Noye and Mrs Budd had been friends for several months since meeting at a roadside hamburger outlet near her home.
He is said to have simply introduced himself as ‘Ken’ when he met her family.
Noye who stabbed to death an undercover policeman investigating the Brink’s-Mat robbery and murdered motorist Stephen Cameron in a road rage incident, was seen visiting Mrs Budd at her home on Wednesday. He parked his VW car on her drive.
The former gangster calmly put on a grey flat hat and spectacles before driving off as Mrs Budd returned to her stables a few miles away.
He then visited a gym before returning to his home in Sevenoaks, Kent.
Mrs Budd, who has two young grandchildren, met the ruthless killer again on Thursday, shortly after a group of children sponsored by a charity for the disadvantaged and disabled, had left her stables in the countryside near Dartford, Kent. Noye turned up a short time later, wearing a blue shirt.
He looked around before leaving his car and climbing into her silver truck, and the pair drove away together.
They were back at the stables two hours later, and Noye left in his black 4 x 4 car.
Mrs Budd describes herself in online posts as an Equine learning coach and a qualified physical education teacher.
She is the owner and founder of the Kent Equine Facilitated Learning Centre, a community interest company which promotes ‘relaxation through horse care’.
Mrs Budd’s therapy sessions are said to help children by ‘connecting with nature, managing emotions, and natural crafts.’
Noye visited Michelle’s stables in the countryside near Dartford, Kent on Thursday. The former gangster arrived in a Volkswagen shortly after a group of children sponsored by a charity for the disadvantaged and disabled, had left her stables
Noye, who was wearing a blue training t-shirt, spoke to Michelle briefly after he arrived at the stables on Thursday afternoon
Noye looked around before leaving his car and climbing into Michelle’s silver truck, and the pair drove away together. They were back at the stables two hours later, and Noye left in his black Volkswagen 4 x 4.
The website for her stables is full of pictures of children stroking and patting horses.
She is said to offer ‘help for people looking for answers support with relationships, work, progress, acceptance, forgiveness, trauma addicts and autistic children.’
Next week she is taking part in an ‘Equine Energy Healing Session’ in collaboration with a group called ‘Ascending Angels’ which describes her horses as a ‘majestic herd’.
Noye stabbed Stephen Cameron (above), 21, to death on the M25 slip road in 1996 and was jailed for murder in 2000
The event is aimed at helping people ‘to accept and love yourself more and to harness earth’s natural, powerful energy that can activate a multitude of creative possibilities.’
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 does have a gentle and caring nature. It is all about being kind and reaching into your inner self. But Noye is evil, nasty and violent and has killed two people.
‘It is hard for us as friends to see them together. They are like chalk and cheese when it comes to their individual personalities. She is a kind person who cares for the children she helps.’
Mrs Budd denied she was in a relationship with Noye when questioned by MailOnline.
When she was initially approached, she said: ‘I don’t know what you are talking about mate.’
Later she said: ‘I do know him. He is a family friend.’ But she added: ‘I have no comment to make mate. It its news to me. I am a bit flabbergasted to be fair.’
Asked how the fact that he had killed two people sat with a woman who described herself as a hippy, she said: ‘I have no comment to make.’
A website entry advertising one of her equine therapy sessions states: ‘Alongside being able to create bonds and friendships with the horses young people will be given an excellent opportunity to explore their emotional well being.
‘Learning how to make the best use of our energy using the horses as mirrors for our energy and well being.
‘How to manage yourself in high pressured situations is taught with some skills that help you assess your emotional fluctuations and then bring them down to a level that you can manage with.
LIFE AND TIMES OF CAREER CRIMINAL KENNY NOYE
Double killer Noye was born in 1947 in Bexleyheath, Kent, where his father ran a post office and his mother managed a dog track
May 1947 – Kenneth Noye was born in Bexleyheath, Kent, where his father ran a post office and his mother managed a dog racing track. His first brush with crime was at the age of five when his mother caught him taking cash from a till at Woolworths while she was talking to a shop assistant. He was known as a bully at Bexleyheath Boys’ Secondary Modern School where he ran a dinner money protection racket. While at school, he also began selling stolen bicycles.
July 1962 – He left school at 15 and took on several jobs, including delivering newspapers and milk, helping in shops, selling programmes at greyhound tracks and being a newspaper vendor in central London. But he moved on to selling stolen car parts and jewellery, while acting as a fence for burglars. His crimes led to him spending a year in Borstal. While waiting to see a barrister about accusations he faced, he met legal secretary, Brenda Tremain who became his wife.
September 1970 -Noye married Brenda. He built up underworld links in his early 20s and used to hang around the Hilltop Hotel, near his home in West Kingsdown, Kent, which was a haunt of gangland figures such as the Richardsons and associates of the Krays. He got more work as a fixer and ‘fence’, but also became a police informer, and even joined the Freemasons to mix with his police contacts.
1970s – He tried his hand at legitimate business, setting up a haulage company in a run-down caravan behind a garage in West Kingsdown, before becoming a builder, and then a property developer, making a £300,000 profit from a US trailer park. Noye was on the wrong side of the law again in 1977 when he was given an 18-month suspended jail sentence for receiving and possessing a shotgun.
1980 – As his profits grew, he bought a 20-acre site in West Kingsdown, but he was refused permission to demolish the existing bungalow on the plot. It burned down a few weeks later due to an electrical fault, and Noye replaced it with a a ten-bedroom mock-Tudor mansion. He also splashed out on a villa in northern Cyprus and a £700,000 yacht.
November 1983 – While posing as a legitimate businessman, he traded in gold, which led to him being suspected of helping the gang attempting to dispose of the £23 million haul of bullion stolen during the Brink’s-Mat robbery near Heathrow when six gunmen burst into a warehouse, doused security guards in petrol and threatened to set them on fire. The crooks took 6,800 gold bars weighing three tonnes, as well as platinum, diamonds and travellers cheques.
January 1985 – Undercover police officer Detective Constable John Fordham, 45, was keeping a watch on Noye’s home from a hiding place in the grounds when he was cornered by the gangster’s three rottweilers. Noye stabbed him ten times and he died two hours later.
December 1985 – Noye and suspected accomplice Brian Reader who was on the scene when DC Fordham was stabbed, stood trial for the officer’s murder at the Old Bailey, but were cleared after Noye claimed he had acted in self defence as he feared that the officer was an underworld assassin targeting him. Reeder later achieved notoriety as the mastermind behind the Hatton Garden jewellery heist in 2015.
July 1986 – Noye was convicted of handling some of the stolen Brink’s-Mat gold and conspiracy to evade VAT after 11 bullion bars were found at his home. He was jailed for 14 years after shouting at the jury who convicted him: ‘I hope you all die of cancer’. Noye was also fined £500,000 and ordered to pay £200,000 costs.
1994 – He is released from prison and managed to keep a low profile for two years.
May 1996 – Noye stabbed Stephen Cameron, 21, to death in a road rage attack on a slip road the M25 in Swanley, Kent, while still on licence following his release from prison. The murder happened after Noye was cut up by Stephen’s van on a roundabout. Both vehicles stopped at a red traffic light and Noye leapt out to confront Cameron. A brawl started, but Cameron gained the upper hand, so Noye fetched a knife from his car, stabbing Stephen twice in the chest. Stephen died in the arms of his fiancé Danielle Cable, then aged 17, while Noye calmly drove off. The following day he fled the country in a private jet, allegedly provided by his late Brink’s-Mat pal John Palmer.
August 1998 – Noye arrested for Stephen’s murder at a restaurant in Barbate, Spain. He was identified in Spain the previous day by Danielle who had been flown out from the UK by undercover officers.
April 2020 – Noye convicted of the murder of Stephen Cameron and given a life sentence, and told he must serve at least 16 years. Danielle who gave evidence against him has been living with an assumed name under witness protection ever since, amid fears that she could be targeted by Noye.
August 2017 – Noye is authorised for move to open prison, much to the dismay of Stephen Cameron’s family. He is seen a year later on day release from Standford Hill prison on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent.
May 2019 – Parole Board announced decision to free him after a panel including a psychologist and two judges decided he did not represent a significant risk to the public and had a ‘proven ability to control his emotions’.
June 2019 – Noye is released from Category D Standford Hill Prison.
‘Young people who find anxiousness can get the better of them preventing them from enjoying life in day to day settings will be taught.
‘How to access express and manage the ‘balloon of anxiety that can overcome turning it back into a grape of excitement’. Healthy snacks will be provided to keep you going.’
Noye stabbed undercover police officer DC John Fordham ten times in 1985 after finding him hiding in the grounds of his 20-acre estate in West Kingsdown, Kent.
Michelle (pictured) three children and two grandchildren
The officer was keeping a watch on Noye at the time as he was suspected of handling gold bullion snatched in the £26million Brink’s-Mat raid at Heathrow in 1983.
Noye and Brian Reader who later achieved notoriety as the mastermind behind the Hatton Garden jewellery heist fame in 2015 were charged with the murder of DC Fordham.
But the pair were acquitted by an Old Bailey jury after Noye claimed he had acted in self-defence as he feared being attacked.
Noye was convicted in 1986 of handling stolen gold after 11 bullion bars were recovered from his home.
He was jailed for 14 years and fined £500,000 and ordered to pay £200,000 costs, and served eight years behind bars.
Noye was on licence after being released from prison when he murdered Stephen Cameron, 21, on a slip road on the M25, in May 1996.
He fled the country in a private jet provided by late Brink’s-Mat pal John Palmer, and made his way to southern Spain where he was eventually recaptured in August 1998.
Noye was arrested after Stephen’s girlfriend Danielle Cable, who witnessed the killing, was secretly taken by British police to the area and identified Noye from a distance. She remains under witness protection.
He was extradited back to Britain in May 1999 and Danielle bravely gave evidence against Noye at the Old Bailey the following year.
He was found guilty of murder and jailed for life, and ordered to serve a minimum of 16 years, but he was freed from prison in June 2019
The former gangster is separated from his wife Brenda Tremain, with whom he has two adult sons, Kevin and Brett.
After Noye’s release from prison in 2019 he rekindled a romance with an old girlfriend girlfriend Karen Bricker-Jones, 61, (pictured left shopping for groceries near her Surrey home). Karen helped Noye (right) to readjust to life outside
Noye is pictured smiling during a romantic meal with his old flame Mrs Bricker-Jones, but the pair now appear to have split
Last October he was reported to be back with his former love Karen Bricker-Jones, a businesswoman he first dated 40 years previously before he was jailed.
He was reported to be dividing his time between mother-of-three Karen’s smart mock Tudor four-bedroom home in Surrey and his bachelor flat in Kent following his release from prison.
Neighbours saw him carrying her food shopping and putting out the bins while staying at her property
Privately-educated Karen, 59, was said to have regularly visited Noye in jail while he was serving his murder sentence.