Tag Archives: London

A Scandal in Soho

Since 2013 the Met Police’s Operation Joseph, an internal inquiry under the auspices of the Directorate of Professional Standards Anti-Corruption Command, has been investigating the relationship between officers of the Westminster licensing unit and the owners of clubs, pubs and bars … Continue reading

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Lowlife Literature: The Gilt Kid

 ‘You still in the racket?’ he asked. ‘You mean am I still in the same game?’ ‘Sure. Use your loaf. What the hell else would I mean?’ ‘Yes. There’s nothing else for it when you’ve once been inside.’   One … Continue reading

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The Battle of Cable Street

The rich said, “Damn’ Jews! They’re all Communists, reds – revolutionaries!” and the ignorant befuddled poor said, “Bloody Jews! They’re all rich – they’re all millionaires”. So between the two – smacked in the face and kicked in the backside … Continue reading

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Cold Case: The Met’s Missing Paperwork

Scotland Yard has lost the case files of thirteen unsolved murders, according to a report in the Daily Mirror. Rumour abounds that corrupt cops may deliberately have destroyed some of these documents relating to homicides during the 1980s. Operation FileSafe was … Continue reading

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David Hunt: Untouchable?

You’ve heard of the Krays. And if you’re a connoisseur of true crime, you may be familiar with the Adams family, Richardson brothers, Billy Hill, Jack Spot and the Sabinis. But David Hunt? 55-year-old Hunt first came to public attention in … Continue reading

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Booze, News and Nothing to Lose

Review: Mike Molloy, The Happy Hack: A Memoir of Fleet Street in its Heyday (London: John Blake, 2016), pp. 336, RRP £8.99  Alas, for the changes of time! The Fleet, that little, quick-flowing stream, once so bright and clear, is now a … Continue reading

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A School Governor and the Towel Tribunal: Misuse of Met Money?

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Maxine de Brunner of the Metropolitan Police is in the news for the wrong reasons, again. The Mail on Sunday revealed that de Brunner attempted to organize an exhibition of Met police officers at Chinthurst School (Tadworth, Surrey) … Continue reading

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