THE FLYING SQUAD A Dramatic Account Charting the First 75 Years of the Real-Life 'Sweeney'

Author: Darbyshire (Neil) & Hilliard (Brian)
Year: 1994
Publisher: Headline
Edition Details: 1st p/b edn.
Book Condition: NrF.
ISBN: 9780747240181
Price: 5.00
Paperback. At the uneasy point where the realms of the police and the criminal meet, the relationship between detective and informant is crucial. It was this relationship which took the Flying Squad to its impressive heights but it was also the cause of its downfall. In this definitive history of the Squad, published to mark the 75th anniversary of its creation, the authors examine the tightrope its officers walked in becoming embroiled in the underworld in order to solve serious crimes. The Flying Squad was formed at the end of the First World War. From the start they had unheard freedom of movement and inveigled themselves into the criminal world, gleaning information from 'snouts'. They were the first squad to be assigned motor cars and radios, the first to detach some of their officers to live clandestinely among criminals in the interests of pro-active detection and the first to refine the supergrass system. The authors tell the fascinating story of the Squad's rise to glory over half a century and its collapse in ignominy when its commander was jailed for corruption, through the events, crimes and key personalities, both detectives and criminals, who have marked its evolution. They chronicle the Squad's subsequent rehabilitation to concentrate on solving serious robberies such as the Knightsbridge safe deposit robbery and the Brink's-Mat bullion robbery, and its successes using supergrasses who shopped their criminal colleagues in return for immunity from the law. They talked to well-known criminals including Great Train Robbers Ronnie Biggs and Bruce Reynolds, to the ex-head of the Task Force and the head of the Regional Crime Squad and to journalists who reported the pre-war days of the Flying Squad. With Epilogue. Illus., Bibliog. and Index. 341pp. p/back. V. lightly browned pp. o/w Nr. F. with no creasing to covers.


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