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Tha's Locked Up (Paperback)

A West Yorkshire Policeman Remembers

Local History True Crime

By David Watson
Imprint: Wharncliffe True Crime
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781848847866
Published: 3rd July 2012

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In 1981 amid recession and widespread urban unrest Dave Watson left the building trade to join the West Yorkshire Metropolitan Police. You will be enthralled by his stories which cover every human emotion, from a cancer victim having a breakdown to a young bingo caller falling to his death fleeing a raid from the drugs squad. On the way we meet characters and scenes and events that would be hard to find in the most creative pages of crime fiction: the three pensioners who volunteered to be Dave's 'deputies' to chase a robber; a 'Carry on'-style brothel raid; a crazy chase where when the thief was stopped when the patrol car parked on his foot; a colleague who was convinced he has been abducted by aliens; delivering a baby at midnight on Christmas eve; anguish during the miners' strike; and many more enthralling stories.

In addition to his experiences in Keighley and Haworth, his book includes accounts of being on duty during the traumatic minders’ strike, policing one of Bradford’s toughest housing estates and taking part in a farcical raid on a brothel.

Ilkley Gazette

You will be enthralled by his stories which cover every human emotion, from a cancer victim having a breakdown to a young bingo caller falling to this death fleeing a raid from the drugs squad. On the way we meet characters and scenes and events that would be hard to find in the most creative pages of crime fiction: a ‘Carry on” style brother raid, a crazy chase where the thief was stopped when the patrol car parked on his foot, a colleague who was convinced he had been abducted by aliens and many more enthralling stories.

Police World

Tha’s Locked Up – a phrase he heard a trainee colleague utter the first time they made a street arrest – is the third book in publisher Wharncliffe’s Bobby on the Beat series. There are photographs, including one taken during a confrontation between striking mines and policemen in 1984/85

Telegraph and Argus (Bradford)

In addition to his experiences in Keighley and Haworth his book includes accounts of being on duty during the traumatic miners' strike, policing one of Bradford's toughest housing estates and taking part in a farcical raid on a brothel

Keighley News

About David Watson

Bradford-born David Watson joined West Yorkshire Metropolitan Police in his early twenties, after several years working as a carpenter and joiner. After two years' probation 'on the beat' he spent a quarter of a century on patrol in and around the urban areas of Brighouse, Bradford, Shipley and Keighley. At fifty, he took early retirement, intending to travel but a year later whilst cycling in the Scottish Highlands was involved in an accident which left him on a life support system. Only after recovery did he decide to write and share the stories that he had experienced during his police career.

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