Tha’s Locked Up


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Memories of a West Yorkshire policeman

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In 1981 amid recession and widespread urban unrest Dave Watson left the building trade to join the West Yorkshire Metropolitan Police. You will be enthralled by his stories which cover every human emotion, from a cancer victim having a breakdown to a young bingo caller falling to his death fleeing a raid from the drugs squad. On the way we meet characters and scenes and events that would be hard to find in the most creative pages of crime fiction; the three pensions who volunteered to be Dave’s ‘deputies’ to chase a robber; a ‘carry on’ style brothel raid; a crazy chase where the thief was stopped when the patrol car parked on his foot; a colleague who was convinced he had been abducted by aliens; delivering a baby at midnight on Christmas eve; anguish during the Miners’ Strike; and many more compelling tales.

Bradford born David Watson joined West Yorkshire Metropolitan Police in his early twenties, after several years working as a carpenter and joiner. After two years’ probation ‘on the beat’ he spent a quarter of a century on patrol in and around the urban areas of Brighouse, Shipley and Keighly. At fifty, he took early retirement, intending to travel but a year later whilst cycling in the Scottish Highlands was involved in an accident which left him on a life support system. Only after recovery did he decide to write and share the stories that he had experienced during his police career.


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