Birmingham's Front Line: True Police Stories

Birmingham's Front Line: True Police Stories

by Michael Layton


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Birmingham's Front Line: True Police Stories by Michael Layton

Birmingham's Front Line offers a fascinating and unique insight into police culture and the problems faced by those on the thin blue line during a tumultuous time in Britain’s second city.Containing accounts from the author and his former colleagues of robberies, rapes and murders, these true stories will shock and stun as the author reveals the tools and tactics used to combat the violence, bribery and general disregard of law and order encountered every day as the police fought to bring these criminals to justice.Covering the period from 1976 to 1988, Birmingham city centre represented a microcosm of criminal activity throughout the United Kingdom in this period – at one end of the spectrum, hardened armed robbers out to make a fast and brutal buck; at the other, the punks, bikers and skinheads just looking for the cheap thrill of mindless violence. Hooliganism was rife, and the notorious Zulu Warriors were always sure to make their presence felt.Relationships with informants are described, and the author gives an inside view of the world of criminal intelligence, as well as explaining how, after much strife, police and criminals learnt to co-exist in the Midlands.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781445657875
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Publication date: 01/19/2017
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Michael Layton reached the rank of Chief Superintendent before serving with the Sovereign Bases Police in Cyprus, eventually returning to the British Transport Police. He was awarded the Queens Police Medal for distinguished police service. He has written several books on the subject of policing the rail network and football violence.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 Introduction to the CID, and 'Chip' Keeps It Up 9

2 Dealing with Street Crime in Birmingham City Centre 47

3 Skinheads, Mods, Bikers, Punks and Public Order 61

4 Cheque Frauds and the Locarno Murder 81

5 An Unusual Crime, Riots and the GPO Robbery 97

6 Stolen Vehicles and Meeting 'George' 121

7 Getting to Grips with the Bordesley Firm 139

8 Murder in Hockley and the Miners' Strike 153

9 Solving the Murder Mystery and Yet Another Murder 173

10 Robberies, More Riots and a Verdict 189

11 Shoplifting, Intelligence, and the Zulus Go Too Far 213

12 Another Savage Murder 233

Epilogue 245

Personal Biography of the Author 251

Dedication 253

Acknowledgements 255

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