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Officer 114

Location of interview:Norwich

Officer's Gender:Male

Date joined Met Police:26 January 1947

Date left Met Police:31 January 1973

Rank of leaving:Chief Superintendent (Acting)

Divisons served:

Specialist service:No specialities

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Track 1: 0’50’ Introduction to interview

Track 2: 4’30’ Life before the MET. Born Woodford Wells, Epping. Lived with his mother. Lived with his grandparents and his mother and her siblings. Happy childhood. Schooling: county high school and technical college. First job with a chartered accountant as an audit clerk.

Decision to join the MET. Volunteered to be a pilot, but failed on the colour blind test. Volunteered for the Navy and served in the submarines. Describes his work in the Navy and process of being de-mobbed, which led him to join the MET.

Track 3: 0’53’ Process of getting accepted into the MET. Intelligence test.

Track 4: 1’01’ Peel House and Hendon training classes.

Track 5: 11’18’ Spanish flu in first week of his MET training at Hendon. Step-father and his death during this time. Compassionate leave. Rejoined 5 weeks later at Hendon. Commuting from Woodford regularly. Moved to Peele House. Considers the difference of Peele House to Hendon. Considers the problems he had due to his hair cut.

Posted to J-division and Hackney. Complications of posting to Hackney because it was such a long way from his mother. Early days at Hackney: introduction to beats by a PC. Process books. Recalls his duty officer and demands of walking the beat

Application to the MET to get married. Describes meeting his wife during the war. Living in London and later Plymouth during the war. Patrolling during his time in the Navy.

Track 6: 5’40’ Married in 1947. Reflects on their honeymoon. Lack of money. Buying a push bike. Posted to Wanstead and lived in Woodford with his family. Taking his wife to the station in order to do paperwork after their marriage. Problem with the Sub-divisional Inspector.

Track 7: 7’56’ Accommodation after marriage. Life at Wanstead station. Considers the quiet level of policing and little activity by police officers. Discusses the Detective Sergeant. Incident of bicycle theft and his response to the incident, which was criticized. Describes his fight with the Detective Sergeant and the outcome to the incident.

Track 8: 0’01’

Track 9: 14’00’ Typist work. Describes work in the submarine typing with NATO. Typing accident reports for the MET. Important skill of typing. Skill as an operator. Reflects on his valuable skills for the MET.

Discusses politics involved in the allocation of Christmas period leave. Discrimination against probationers. First Christmas day in the MET: Incident of a dead body that was recovered and recalls the approach to processing the incident. Role in identifying the body and dealing with the family of the victim.

Track 10: 14’26’ Describes his first Christmas period. Dealing with 17 dead bodies over the festive season in Wanstead. Ambulance response and dealing with the mortuary. Suicide incident. Describes other events. Station representative. Considers being voted into the position as representative. Motor cycle course. Simon Briggs had reported on his police work.

Responsibilities as an Acting Sergeant. Motor cycle course. Recalls incident on patrol on his motor cycle when he was caught speeding. Covering an area of Wanstead on his motor cycle.

Track 11: 3’54’ Describes his motor bike and the communication process with the station. Recalls an incident of speeding on his motor bike.

Track 12: 4’29’ Overtime work. Escorting Winston Churchill during his political tour. Recalls meeting Churchill and his approach to campaigning. Mrs Churchill.

Track 13: 10’20” Describes becoming a Sergeant and the means of gaining promotion; qualify and then wait for a position to become available, or take a competitive exam, which meant you were promoted in the order of which you scored. Remembers the exams and the vacancies. Made Sergeant with 6 years service. Coincided with the Oxleah report (2’40”), which meant he got a good pay raise. Posted to Barking K-division in 1954. 8 other Sergeants. Recalls he was by far the youngest. First time working as a Section Sergeant and introduction to the relief. Recalls changing approaches in the relief and encouraging officers to be more involved in processing crime. Remembers this helped him be accepted by the officers. Recalls a false alarm fire call and apprehending the culprit in the phone box.

Track 14: 5’39’ Duty at Barking and working in plain clothes. After 3 months met with the Superintendent. Problem with book makers. Allocated an old PC and his role tackling book makers in Barking. Working in plain clothes. High level of arrests: suggests involvement in 800 in one year. Upsetting the Spink family who led the gaming industry. Led a policing exercise to arrest the leading people involved in the gaming.

Track 15: 5’30’ Probationers. Promotion. Incident at Stratford Court where a book keeping suspect was replaced with some body else. Investigation into policing tactics. Mark Wayne. Describes the unusual activities at the races.

Track 16: 6’01’ Reporting Sergeant for 6 probationers. Explains his approach to reports. Problems with a Snooker club in Dagenham. Describes changes he made to policing in his station. Encouraging his probationers to improve policing. Successes as a Sergeant. Application for the Station Sergeant exam.

Track 17: 6’09’ Completion of Barking power station. Payment of laborers in cash and subsequent arrest of suspects. Describes a fight between arrested men and his subsequent problems and altercation with a man at the station.

Track 18: 9’11’ Reflects on his policing approach. Responding to an incident involving a young girl who had attempted to gas herself. Describes the response and protocol following the incident. Recalls his unusual decision to prosecute the girl for attempt to commit suicide because he felt she would try again. Remembers Stratford Magistrate Court found her guilty.

Strike and Essex Communist Party meeting. His decision to arrest for causing an obstruction. Describes the problems that arose because he arrested the highest community official. Recalls the court case at Stratford Court. Describes the high profile case that it became. District Commander requested a meeting with him after the case. Describes meeting the Commander who had a tough reputation.

Track 19: 4’03’ Aberden control system. Describes Peter Watson and forging other police officers handwriting. Recalls one night working with Watson and uncovering a sack that he had stashed at the yard.

Track 20: 1’33’ Describes the bag that Watson had taken home secretly from the police station was full of fertilizer.

Track 21: 2’39’ Incident when he was a PC. Attachment to CID in Woodford. Describes policing with the CID as a young officer.

Track 22: 2’34’ Station representative. Application for a motor cycle course and undertaking the training.

Track 23: 3’57’ Sergeants at Wanstead and catering at the station. Involvement in changing problems with the catering. Move from the police canteen to local provisions.

Track 24: 11’43’ Describes incident on patrol in the wireless car. Recalls conversations amongst officers during patrol. One case of a probationer nicknamed ‘candy kid’ who could run and the decided to race another officer. He organized a race and was the judge for the 100m run. Recalls that an insomniac called the police station to report the race activities. Station officer the following night and explains the notoriety of the race activities.

Case of a man who handed in Kiwi black boot polish that had fallen off a truck. Explains trying to organize where the boot polish could go and eventually giving away boot polish. Recalls that he had gained a reputation.

Track 25: 12’29’ Promotion from Barking. Reputation as the best shift team. Promotion classes and studying for the exams. Transfer to Popular. Increase in pay. Duty officer Lime House, Poplar and Isle of Dogs. Active police role. Blackwall Tunnel: police box and police posting. Recalls incident involving an officer called Rocket and a baby elephant that was found, which brought into the station.

Track 26: 37’30’ Describes the dirty condition of the police station. Recalls Chief Superintendent’s reaction to his efforts to clean up the station. Section Sergeant Cameron. Describes his numerous crime arrests. Drunk driving arrest when he was Station officer at Poplar. Troubled relationship with a Chief Inspector and describes the Inspector’s issues with his police work. Reflects on his attitude to criticism as a police officer and reaction to superior officers criticism. Recommended and sent to the Police College in Coventry and then Bramshill. Describes the training/education at the Police college. Academic demands. County forces and Met trained together at the Police college. Reflects on the enormous difference in police demands, attitudes and procedures between the two police forces. Recalls one colleague at the college with a strong academic background. Considers the approach of the college to police training. Friday night official dinner night. After the course he spent 2 weeks in the West Riding. Then he was required to produce a report. Reflects on his policing during this time and the reason certain incidents were chosen by colleagues for investigation. Describes an incident they investigated, involving death by dangerous driving. Process of identifying the victim. Recalls it took 22 witnesses to identify the victim and the problems he identified in the investigation process. Reflects on his report in 1960 and criticisms he made of police procedures.

Considers that he revolutionised policing in West Riding.

Track 27: 3’14’ 2 weeks Police college posting to West Riding and the problems of financing. Recalls problems over his expenditure.

Track 28: 6’13’ Describes the passing of the course. Promotion to Inspector and posted to G-Division. Recalls the reasons he was given for passing the course. Problems highlighted with his humor and attitude. Problems that he found in the policing procedure at the time.

Track 29: 10’39’ Increased policing scope. Crime in his area; Crays, Smiths family, street trader, car dealers. Recalls the problems with the Relief and the way in which he made improvements. Bike theft arrests. Describes implementing road blocks and achieving good results. Views on CID and problems that arose in his policing strategy due to superiors’ involvement. Prosecutions in Barking and Essex by Prosecutor McKelleger. Working as a Court Inspector. New magistrate arrived during this period, who was Prosecutor McKelleger. Recalls that the Chief Superintendent was not present to welcome the new magistrate, so he stood forward in his place. Considers he was a hanging judge and describes his tough approach to violence against Police officers.

Track 30: 9’23’ Describes working as a security manager in the hotel business. Recalls frequent arrests of shop lifters. Describes one incident of arresting a lady for theft and her fear that her husband, who was Iranian, would kill her. Describes his efforts to help the lady and the swift prosecution to avoid publicity.

Track 31: 6’42’ After leaving the force he went to a luxury hotel and became a member of the Guild Hotel security managers. Explains that ex-policemen were part of the security service. Describes the acceptance process and security work. AGM meeting and recalls the views he offered in the meeting. Becoming a Chairman and the training he received for his new role.

Track 32: 4’40’ MI5. Gentleman from MI5 visited him at his work. Describes discussion they had in a garden for guests at the hotel. Importance as the Chairman of the Guild for access to security information. Provided MI5 with security information. Midland Bank.

Track 33: 1’04’ American secret service.

Track 34: 9’10’ Application to the Special Patrol Group. Recalls the process by which he joined. Spanish holiday. Describes a police officer who tried to drive after drinking. Recalls the officer died that night.

Experiences in the Flying Squad and working with Ian Forbes. Recalls his thoughts to move to Romford.

Track 35: 8’25’ South Street Police station. Recalls his role in instructing Essex officers who wished to stay and work as MET officers. Lecturing at Hornchurch street. Requested to do a night duty. Recalls his experiences during his night duty. Recalls his first day shift as a Duty officer on a Sunday and the beauty of the area. Considers the feelings of the Essex constabulary to the MET taking over the area.

Recalls a new recruit and his background in ballet. Response of the other police officers and the community to his background in ballet.

Track 36: 1’40’ Closing of Romford police station. Recalls the police station

Track 37: 2’20’ Moving the Main Road. Recalls closing the old station and moving to the new station. Describes the new facility. Prisoners exercise yard and an escape proof corridor that had an open door.

Track 38: 22’15’ Policing in Romford. Describes the Essex officers and the changes that occurred when the MET took over. Relief instruction and providing a conversion course at Hornchurch police station. First day as duty officer. Recalls the area he covered and enjoyment of the countryside. Reflects on the different police procedures followed by the Essex constabulary. Attitude of the PCs to Inspectors and relationships between ranks.

Considers problems with the magistrate’s court and prosecution procedure. Describes incident of a young man who had committed offences, but was dismissed from court due to mismanagement. Problems with summons not being served and administrative failures. Describes his efforts to make changes. Discussion with the Barrister about the MET complaints regarding the court problems. Issue with the Charge sheet. Describes later attending a case at Croydon court, where the same Barrister was present.

Track 39: 3’55’ Romford road side café, which was a meeting place for criminals. Recalls a raid they made of the café and the naivety of the Essex police officers. Describes attending a case in Brighton regarding a burglary in London.

Track 40: 0’04’

Track 41: 0’36’ Second interview, Norwich, Tuesday 25th February 2014, Barry Walsh.

Track 42: 0’44’ Policing at Romford.

Track 43: 36’57” Life after Romford. Whilst on holiday in Alicante he received a letter informing him that he was transferred to Special Patrol Group. Moved to Hounslow. 1965. Sergeant Norman. Old Street base. Married quarters at Leighton Stone to be converted as their new base. Recalls his successful work at the post. Explains his various work. Considers his colleagues, pros and cons. Reflects on a list given to them about their successes and number of arrests made. Clashed with the CID frequently. Main recollection of the period was the Anguilla incident. Recalls the evening he was given the news. 5am received the news. Called to the yard to see the ACA. Remembers how he came to be posted to Anguilla (a tiny island). His posting was confidential. Describes how he prepared for the posting; 17 vaccines and selecting colleagues. Recalls issue of organizing his colleagues, i.e. passports, uniforms, supplies. Recalls limitations of gear provisions. Describes uniforms and other provisions. Became a member of the Airborne officers’ mess. Call from Lynham about his stuff. His roll in getting everything ready and typing up list of who would be posted with him. Recalls incident of one colleague being questioned about reliability and trustworthiness. Issues raised about A.R.Horn despite the fact that he had been part of Scotland Yard for 19 years and head of mobile radio department.

RAF Halifax with a turbo prop full of airborne personnel. Explains the clash between the police and the airborne department. Describes the roll of the airborne department. Relationship with these people. Landing in New Foundland, Canada, and experiencing diplomatic issues. Arctic conditions. Long flight down the coast of America to Antigua. Then on to Anguilla. Army Corporal. Recalls primitive conditions on the island. Concrete floor sleeping conditions.

Track 44: 11’03” Home from Anguilla. Clearance of squatters from Holborn. Describes the legal background to the clearance plan. Issue of undertaking the clearance operation. Describes tackling a mob. Arresting the squatters. Holborn que. Describes giving evidence and outcome of the case. 12 taken to trial. Barristers and the case at court.

Track 45: 0’57” Intercontinental hotel at Hyde Park gate used to be residential apartments. Raiding the cellar.

Track 46: 14’46” Continues to discuss the raid of the old residential building where the Intercontinental Hotel now resides at Hyde Park. Arresting a large number during the raid. Complaints that the police had damaged guitars. Recalls Berney Lynch (3’00”) causing problems. Cray committals. South London big MET house to see Inspector Adams. Recalls how secret the house was and his involvement in organizing the transportation of the gang to Old Street. Dealing with the Cray brothers. Maximum security wing in Brixton. Describes transporting them with 6 traffic control officers. Wormword Scrubs prison. Recalls charging the Cray twins with murder. Describes their attempts at bail and other court proceedings. Recalls being followed by a black car. Apprehending the car at Wormword scrubs after it had been following the convoy and discovering it was a police officer.

Track 47: 3’32” First day of the Cray trial. Snow Hill canteen facilities used. Recalls later in the day he was informed to contact the deputy commissioner. Explains that their canteen meal was taken at the Sergeants table by accident. He explains that he challenged his reprimand and the offence he had made to the Chief Superintendent.

Track 48: 5’13”: Clark of the old bailey. Approached about his men being armed in court. Explains that John Atkinson from another unit came in to the court and had 12 rounds of ammunition that fell out in the court around the press bench. Cartoonist on the unit produced images after each day in court. Remembers that the cartoonist recorded the instant. Depicting the SPD.

Track 49: 2’41” His Governor at the time sort publicity and he explains it. Harry Roberts shot 3 policeman at Shepherds Bush. Recalls responding and searching for the blue van that was involved.

Track 50: 6’33” Hertfordshire: Harry Roberts shooting in Shepherds Bush from Epping Forest area. Explains his involvement in searching for evidence in Epping Forest. Trial of Harry Roberts and investigation process in Hertfordshire. Explains his decision to carry a fire arm. Rendezvous at a farm during search. Describes his colleagues who were working with him on the case. Describes using 303 rifles, shotguns and hand grenades being handled by untrained officers from Hertfordshire. Forest ranger. Apprehending Harry Roberts.

Track 51: 10’22” Discusses being sent to London Airport to respond to hijacking threat. Anti-Hijacking duties. Explains lack of instructions. Searching planes. 12 hour shifts. Explains practicalities of the process of searching were difficult. Recalls some humorous incidents. Indian women searched and they found 12 plastic daffodils in the ladies pants. Physician wives with plastic bags full of salad cream. Doubts about illegal actions of passengers ‘in-transit’ as they technically had not come into England. Recalls incident of a plane in transit that had 3 individuals on board carrying cannabis. Issue of stopping plane and removing baggage etc.

Track 52: 9’29” Bomb scare on a Russian plane. Searching the plane and causing an international diplomatic incident. Israeli departure lounge with plain clothes facilities. Describes Israeli approach to threats. SPG Chief Inspector and legal position of people in transit. Arresting a Mexican/Spanish man in transit. Issue of prosecuting the man suspected of terrorism. Plane to Milan, Spain.

Track 53: 1’10” Role showing someone around and explain what they were doing. Explains his issues with overtime and not being paid.

Track 54: 0’42 Third interview: Sunday 30th March 2014

Track 55: 0’12” testing equipment.

Track 56: 0’06” (nothing)

Track 57: Third interview introduction again: Sunday 30th March 2014

Track 58: 2’18” Stephen Smith colleague. Recalls dealing with Blue Film scam. Explains the process of raiding places involved in the scam.

Track 59: 6’11” Continues story. Involvement of a Clark and the process of payment with the Blue Film scam. Searching premises. Cash register till and finding a safe deposit key. Involving Interpol. Describes working with Interpol and their reaction to his involvement on the case. The safety deposit box contained all the information needed for large-scale political assassination. Result of the case. CID involvement.

Track 60: 5’44” Apartheid and South Africa. Spring box rugby tour in the UK. Working the Twickenham match during this period of Apartheid. Protestors. Complaint made against him after dealing with potential attempt by protestors to invade the rugby pitch. His role in dealing with aggressive protestors. 163 served on him for assault of the man at the match. Explains he wanted to approach the man and arrest the man who had made the complaint against him. Recalls the complaint was dropped. Clashes with CID.

Track 61: 12’56” Explains a case in the West End, dealing with drugs and looking for a Chinese dealer. 21 year old student who had just bought drugs and going to prison. Students father was a farmer in the West Country and he had told him that he intended to leave London as soon as he was out of Prison. Explains his role in helping him avoid prison in exchange for leaving London and helping the police. Helped him locate the Chinese man selling Chinese Heroin. Arresting the dealer. Involvement of local CID officer. Describes the corrupt role of the CID who claimed that the heroin he apprehended was cigarette ash and pepper. Clashing with the CID. His decision to charge the man with selling ‘fake’ drugs. Court proceedings. COR search on the Chinese man to find his identity. Deportation order in existence. Result of the case. Reflects on the brazen corruption.

Track 62: 4’58” Sailor Wright (0’11) active Policeman. Recalls Wright and his partner returning from a case who stopped a van full of groceries. Arrested and taken to Leightonstone. Explains the help he provided in the case as a plain clothed officer. Recalls that they spoke to him because they felt he had influence. Explains that they had burgled a local grocery store and the foolish actions of the robbers. Prosecuted for handling.

Track 63: 2’10” Continues story and explains that he had seen frozen chickens, which proved that they were in ‘recent possession’ of stolen items. Convicted based on this observation.

Track 64: 6’45” Old Bailey and escorting the Cray gang during their trial. Escorting them from Brixton with a pick up from Wormword Scrubs. 6 motorcyclists escorted the convoy. Explains the threat that existed for people trying to free them from custody. Describes decisions they had to make in the process of transporting them safely. Refreshment arrangements and rushed breaks. Court proceedings. Contacting assistant Commissioner and his concern about their role upsetting the City Police. Reason was the use of the Sergeant’s table by his PC’s for refreshments while they were having a break. Reprimanded for offending the officers and demanded he make an apology. Explains he decided to act as a unit if he ever had to use the canteen again.

Track 65: 4’57” Reflects on his role as a policeman and his promotion achievements. Inspiring his unit. Considers that he has been recommended for promotion because of his successes. Considers the importance of who you know. Joined the round table. Reflects that he only once got up to Commander level for possible promotion. Promotion from SPG to Chief Inspector. Trend for early promotions, left him too old for consideration. Explains central board consideration. Explains he was late for his interview, because he had been hunting escaped convicts from a prison van. Considers this as the reason he was not promoted. Section boards for promotion.

Track 66: 8’45” After Anguilla, the question of the section board was raised again. Considers that his position in the SPG went against him because one of the board members disliked the SPG. Describes the criticism he received for lack of administrative ability. Called out by ACA to organize an invasion with military divisions. Considers it as an example of his administrative ability. Continues to describe criticisms he received during his assessment for promotion. Lockwood. Considers the other applicants and his reflections on the experience. Commander Gerard sent news of his promotion.

Track 67: 7’44” Life after promotion to Chief Inspector. 3 week course at Hendon. Describes the course. Considers failings of Chief Super Intendant Neil. Recalls introductory talk on discipline and complaints by Neil. Lecturer Jim Smith. Describes being shown an example of the firing squad’s intervention of a raid. Recalls humorous scene of the raid. Squad officer firing his gun accidentally. Reflects on time at Hendon, his colleagues and course details. Taught up-to-date policies. Chief Super Intendant Ian Forbes and his opinion of interviewee. Describes Forbes police work. Discussed crime trends. Postings after the course: Unit Commander at Ilford.

Track 68: 16’19” Posted to Ilford as Unit Commander in 1973. Explains he was responsible for the 24 hour policing of the area. Reflects that he found little work being done. Explains the loss of cars in the area and issue of the MET withdrawing the police cars due to bad working practice by officers. Explains how he shook things up and worked to improve police drivers. Explains issue of shortage of drivers. Dealing with an officer that was not performing and who was causing damage to the morale of the unit. Explains the result and the officer being transferred. Recalls his deputy at Ilford and the development of their relationship.

Track 69: 4’11” Describes his successes at Ilford increasing arrests. Issues with colleagues and asserting his authority as unit Commander. Mini-cab riot.

Track 70: 7’48” Mini-cab riot/clash between cab drivers. Explains the cause and consequence. Shootings. Raid various addresses to tackle the problem. Dixon gang. Recalls one man he had arrested and the protection/guarding failures. The man’s escape. His role in investigating and the officer who was on guard taking responsibility despite it not being his fault. Describes Commander board to deal with the officer’s guilt in allowing the man to escape.

Track 71: 0’00”

Track 72: 16’47” Describes incident of a small white van at a stag party, containing an Inspector, which had been involved in a road accident. Issue that the van had left the scene. Commanders and Superintendent discuss the incident with him. Explains apprehending the white van and the off-duty Inspector. Describes the duty officer of lower rank tackling the incident. Organising a breath-test from the Inspector. Dealing with the Inspector and the other man claiming he was the driver when he was not. Investigation temporarily suspended. Describes the witnesses and his role in questioning them about what they saw and who was in fact driving the van. Charging of the Inspector with perverting the course of justice. Reaching the true conclusion. Motive of the police officer. Outcome of the trial. Prosecution of the officer.

Track 73: 4’42” Interviewee explains the process of serving the notice for a disciplinary offence and hearing. Reflects on aftermath of the case and the appeals they made. He got 18 months. Explains that his brother advised him to stop pleading his innocence. He withdrew his complaint. Recalls that he then got a job at the end of the interviewee’s road. Recalls he encountered him for the first time late at night and thought he was going to be attacked. Instead they had a drink, but he still maintained his innocence.

Track 74: 6’27” Continues to explain events surrounding the traffic offence and investigation. Witness had a heart attack. Made Acting Chief Inspector. Considers involvement in various cases: Man in possession of prescription drugs. Uncovering the man’s activities in getting hold of prescription drugs from various doctors. Obtaining drugs by false statements. Describes his prosecution at Barking Magistrate Court. Convicted for 2 years. Describes his wife’s local job and encountering the man in her shop. Explains he was a prolific shoplifter.

Track 75: 3’14” Explains role as Chief Inspector at Ilford. Describes initial role as Unit Commander with 24-hour responsibility for his area. Considers he did not enjoy the role as Chief Superintendent as much as Unit Commander. Administrative role as Chief Superintendent.

Track 76: 5’51” Why he retired and left the MET after 25 years. Describes some very intelligent colleagues, especially one who had qualified as a Barrister while working in the MET. Another who had qualified as a vet, another as a Chartered Accountant and another skilled dog handler. Recalls one advised him that he was now working for half his pay. Applied as security manager for Chelsea Hotel, and another at Grosvenor House. Took a job at the Churchill Hotel after 26 years of service for the MET.

Track 77: 21’02” Life after the MET. Before leaving he was transferred to Wanstead as Unit Commander. While in Wanstead he began his role at the Churchill hotel for free. He became eligible to join the Guild of Chief Security Officers (only for ex-police officers). Recalls the hotel encouraged him to entertain a wide variety of people. Reflects on the importance of the Guild. AGM meeting of the Guild. Recalls what happened at the AGM and his input at the meeting when asked what he thought about the Guild. His frank reply about unsuitable routines and practices of the organization. This led to his subsequent nomination as the new Chairman. His role in helping the hotel security service across London keep on top of terrorist threats through his contacts. Commander John Saunders CID. Working with Saunders to tackle threats and keep in touch with new information. Accompanying him to a meeting at the Savoy Hotel and presenting his position. Considers incidents that occurred, such as one incident at Grosvenor House when a Saudi prince had expensive Jewellery stolen. Issue of lack of comprehensive communication system to initiate a speedy security/police response to these incidents. Lack of stations communicating. Role in improving response plans and hotel collation unit. Monthly lecture in Staffordshire.

Track 78: 4’12” Role as a security officer. Describes one man who would repeatedly visit hotels for 1 night, run up large dinner bills, empty the mini-bar and not pay his bills. Working with CID officers to catch the man. Recalls that the CID officers got too into the drinking and missed the man as he tried to escape.

Track 79: 1’33” Describes a Security officer at Holiday Inn and the trial. Perks of the jobs.


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