Scotland Yard's Gangbuster (Kindle)
Bert Wickstead’s Most Celebrated Cases
In the late 1960s the Richardson Torture Gang and the Kray Twins were removed from the London scene by ACC Gerry McArthur and Det. Supt. 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-girl ring, two cabinet peers had to resign.
Inevitably Wickstead’s career was dogged by unproved allegations of malpractice but, as this riveting ‘insider’ account conclusively proves, he more than earned his sobriquet ‘The Gangbuster’.
The research and knowledge of the author is extraordinary and it is brilliant thatSurrey Constabulary Journal
he records all this material before it is lost. If ex-police officers like Dick do not
research and write up this material it will either never be done or at some stage some
author or academic’s work with little understanding of the milieu will become the
orthodoxy. The work is not bedtime reading and will keep your concentration though
for the aficionados there are inevitably repetition of previously written about cases.
This is probably the first book to concentrate on Wickstead and does not shy from
criticism of Bert or his times.