Before "Mobiles and Nightsticks"
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The author begins this story in 1950 having completed National Service and joining old Wigan Borough Police Force. For 12 years he served as a uniformed constable prior to being selected for the Criminal Investigation Department. He served in this department for 4 years before joining the Regional Crime Squad in 1966 and continued in this position detecting crime on a higher level for a further 6 years. Eventually having given of his best and realising that pumping adrenaline through body often at a regular pace and over long periods was not to be recommended a change in situation was then called for. On his own initiative and request he returned to Wigan where he had begun his service 22 years earlier. His retirement in 1980 finalised his police service after 30 years and 5 days when as a youth he first entered Wigan Borough Police office and enquired about a job.
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Nov 8, 2006"Respect your enemy" Oh No! ‘Ram-Raiding’ is not a modern way of gaining access, Harold Pendlebury and the Liverpool Crime Squad borrowed the idea from America’s chief crime buster ‘Elliot Ness’. So it was on a fine summer afternoon in May 1968 that the author using a jeep fitted with steel battering ram; ram-raided our forger’s den where £168,000 per hour was churning from the illegal presses. If the vision of a 4x4 crashing through the doors of our printing room was designed to be frightening I can vouch for the fact that it had more than the required effect. As upwards of forty police simultaneously stormed the building some with dogs and others with guns. I tried to hide but there was scarcely anywhere to go as police rushed in like a tsunami. In desperation I hid behind a half-glazed door. I sucked in my breath and held myself flat against the wall while pulling the door against me. My mind raced seeking any means of escape as police pounded through the building.... More > It was then I noticed the word GUNS engraved at eye-level in the half glazed door. I was so disorientated by the crashing of the jeep through the doorway and the police battle charging in, that it was hours later before I realised I had attempted to hide behind the ‘SNUG’ door that I had earlier read in reverse as GUNS. I had visions of going to prison for 20 years at least for this was a heavyweight mob of cops intent upon a pound of flesh as minimum. Only recently had ‘The Great Train Robbers’ gone down for 30 years. I noticed my hands were covered in US$ Green ink as at the time the press was still disgorging fresh $100 dollar bills destined for the market in France. Later I, along with my associates tried every which way to get loose and all but two of us managed to get bail from a magistrate’s court some months later. My co-accused and myself stood trial at Liverpool Crown Court and played to the judge and jury for all we were worth and fortunately with some effect. My co-accused received six years and I eight years. In retrospect we should have known that from the outset there was no escape from Harold Pendlebury and The Crime Squad. They gathered information from informers, and following months of close police observation then organised a raid with perfect timing. For all, that my fellow accused and I have nothing but the highest respect for (Harold Pendlebury’s style) policing. Harold Pendlebury and his fellow officers did a remarkable job and for that I owe him absolutely nothing, , , ,except respect for the honesty and manner in which the case was presented, , , even though I was ultimately the loser and he, , , the winner!< Less
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