Such a group of intrepid Scotland Yard crime-busters as those featured in The Guv’nors
Such a group of intrepid Scotland Yard crime-busters as those featured in The Guv’nors will surely never exist again. Intuition and knowledge of their ‘manor’ counted for more than university degrees, DNA and databases. In their tireless pursuit of criminals, they used informants, worked on hunches and grabbed hold of investigations shaking them until every piece of evidence was unearthed. Criminals knew that once they were nicked, they stayed nicked.
Written by an experienced ex-copper author, The Guv’nors covers ten legends who were feared and grudgingly respected by the toughest villains. These include men such as Fred Wensly, who nailed strips of bicycle tyres to the soles of his boots when hunting Jack the Ripper. He later formed the Flaying Squad and became Chief Constable of the CID. Brute force and moral courage counted too, as demonstrated by Fred Sharpe who single-handedly confronted forty of the worst racetrack gangsters. Sharpe later became head of the Flying Squad, as did Bob Fabian, who was warded the King’s Police Medal for dismantling an IRA bomb. Bert Wickstead, known as ‘The Gangbuster’, literally terrorised the gangs which vied to fill the void in London’s East End created by the Kray brothers’ demise.
The Guv’nors contains ripping accounts of crime-busting in the days before ‘political correctness’ and technology. Readers can draw their own conclusions as to whether the streets were safer then they are now.
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