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What's Tha Up To This Time? (Paperback)

More Memories of a Sheffield Bobby

P&S History > True Crime

By Martyn Johnson
Imprint: Pen & Sword True Crime
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781473827660
Published: 22nd October 2014
Last Released: 29th June 2022


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Martyn Johnson's What's Tha Up To This Time? continues his wonderful stories about policing during the 1960s and 1970s. As with his previous two volumes, the best selling What's Tha Up To? and What's Tha Up To Nah?, this book is written from the heart, not so much nostalgia as a genuine feeling for the people, animals, places and history of Sheffield.

From naked young ladies at Wentworth Woodhouse to suspicious scrapyards and second-hand shops, shoplifters, burglars and pickpockets, Martyn takes you on an amazing journey through an almost lost world of crime and characters. Meet George and Albert Bloggs, Sadistic Sid, Mr Cellarman, Twirls the key man, Mr Furnaceman, Mr Handcuff-man; and not forgetting Big Ginge and the most glamorous of all, 'Diana Dors'. Why not let Martyn tell you about his hilarious 'contemporaneous' court experience and the day he became Lester Piggot and a very reluctant sea fisherman. Whether it's the story of the dodgy unisex haircut, the mystery of the lost fingers or insights into the Dog and Partridge characters or Banners Department Store, there's something of interest for everyone inside this book. Humour apart, Martyn's empathy and feeling for the people of Sheffield and South Yorkshire shines through the pages, including some sad and difficult cases and times.

Well worth reading.

Police History Society

The author has authentically captured the realities of the 60s and 70s policing in Britain. This makes a fascinating and endearing book, full of character and nostalgia.


As featured in.

Bradway Bugle

As featured in The Star (Sheffield).

The Star (Sheffield)

As featured on BBC Radio Sheffield.

BBC Radio Sheffield

About Martyn Johnson

Martyn Johnson was born at Darfield, the son of a coal miner. Leaving school at the age of fifteen, his first job was as a blacksmith. His work changed dramatically four years later when he joined the Sheffield City Police Force where he served as a 'beat bobby' until 1969. A two-year spell in CID followed but, missing grassroots policing, he returned to the beat for a further seven years. Passionate about local history, Martyn is a well-known metal detector and has appeared on many BBC Radio Sheffield programmes talking about his hobby.

A long-time resident of Wentworth village, he also assisted and advised Catherine Bailey when she was researching her best selling book, Black Diamonds.

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