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1526751739
Book:Scotland Yard's gangbuster: Bert Wickstead's most celebrated cases; Dick Kirby:2019 Scotland Yard's gangbuster: Bert Wickstead's most celebrated cases; Dick Kirby
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Author: Kirby, Dick
Year: 2019
Language: English
Type: Book
Class Number: 364.106
Publisher: Pen & Sword True Crime, [2019]
Physical or Electronic: Physical
ISBN: 9781526751737
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Originally published: 2018
In the late 1960s the Richardson Torture Gang and the Kray Twins were removed from the London scene by ACC Gerry McArthur and DS Nipper Read respectively. Predictably it was not long before the vacuum this left was being filled. With McArthur retired and Read moved on, who was to sort out the new gangland threat. Step forward Detective Chief Superintendent Bert Wickstead. Having cut his teeth on young desperadoes and neo-Nazis in North London and solved London's biggest post war bank robbery, Wickstead was well qualified to head up the Yard's Serious Crime Squad. First to fall were the Dixon brothers, followed by the Tibbs family. As his fame spread he took on the West End Maltese Syndicate specialising in prostitution and extortion. When he broke up the Norma Levy call ring, two cabinet peers had to resign.
Additional information: xxi, 198 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (bl
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Type: Book
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Physical or Electronic: Physical
Note: In their daily battle against a remorseless tide of crime, officers of London's Metropolitan Police routinely risk their lives protecting society. In this book, former Scotland Yard detective Dick Kirby has brought together a collection of inspiring stories of police gallantry over the last 100 years.
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Type: Book
Publisher: Pen & Sword True Crime
Physical or Electronic: Physical
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Author: Kirby, Dick
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Type: Book
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Physical or Electronic: Physical
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Book:The Sweeney, the first sixty years of Scotland Yard's crimebusting Flying Squad, 1919-1978:2019
Author: Kirby, Dick
Year: 2019
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Physical or Electronic: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2011 The story of sixty years of Scotland Yard's top crime-busting department has been written over a twenty year period by a former detective who spent over eight years with the Flying Squad, The Sweeney. The meticulous research by the author has uncovered files never before released by the Yard and he has amassed the tales of bravery and top-notch investigations, carried out by the Squad officers of yesteryear.
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Book:Scotland Yard's Flying Squad, 100 years of crime fighting:2019
Author: Kirby, Dick
Year: 2019
Language: English
Type: Book
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Publisher: Pen & Sword True Crime
Physical or Electronic: Physical
Note: Since 1919 Scotland Yard's Flying Squad has been in the forefront of the war against crime. From patrolling London's streets in horse-drawn wagons, it has progressed to the use of the most sophisticated surveillance and crime-fighting equipment. Drawing on first-hand accounts, Dick Kirby provides a compelling history of the elite police unit.
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