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Police Surgeon - Lethal Deception
Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Authors: Pat Scott & Tom White
ISBN: 978 1906510084
Publishers: Matador (Self Publishing)
Price: £7.99
Publication Date: July 2008
 
Publisher's Title Information

 
Dr Barry Greenwell is the senior partner of a medical practice by day, and Nerrithshire's most highly qualified police surgeon by night. When a long suffering patient of his - also the mother of a local police sergeant - exacts a murderous revenge upon her cruel husband, Dr Greenwell finds himself caught up in a tangled web of deceit and deception.
 
Is if that weren't enough, there are threats to his own life by a drugs baron who fears the good doctor knows more than is good for him, and, in addition, a large dog has decided to adopt him.
The author's experience as a police surgeon enables him to write around his topic authentically and authoritatively. The hilarious and fast-moving plot gives the reader a frank, if sometimes controversial, view on today's NHS, and a rare and true-to-life insight into the heart of police custody suites.
 
“I called in for a car registration check and spelled out the letters TWE as Tango-Wankee-Echo,” she mumbled. “Control Rooms use the phonetic alphabet... TWE should be Tango-Whisky-Echo; TYE would be Tango-Yankee-Echo... You should hear them in the Control Room.”
“Pete called in for another vehicle check on Yankee-Goolie-Goolie,” Hel grinned, “Which the Control Room reckoned was another term for coitus interuptus. They've been told to tone it down but you know that bunch, they think toning down is a massage.”
 

The authors: Prize-winning author Pat Scott perfected her art as a Creative Head on the Strategic Planning Board of a London Direct Marketing Agency. Her three children having flown the nest, she now lives in Basildon with her husband and two dogs. Dr Tom White qualified as a doctor in 1976 from Queens' College, Cambridge, and 'Barts. He has been a GP for 29 years and a police surgeon in Northants since 1998. He has been married for 34 years and has three grown up children.


Review
 

Whilst I write this Review, my dog is staring at me and I know exactly what he wants. My dog along with the narrator of this book, would if he were French, say, 'Je sais tout', because dogs have a way of knowing everything we humans do and think.
 
The particular dog in this story is 'Mr Mosey', who's favourite toy is a battered latex chicken. This wouldn't appeal to our dog who prefers his 'reindeer'.
 
This is a thoroughly enjoyable book, which I had great difficulty in putting down, it also takes a serious look at the duties of the Police Doctor/Surgeon and the duties of the Custody Sergeant, which suggests that it is written by somebody with inside knowledge of some the aspects and problems that are encountered daily by Forensic Medical Examiners, commonly known in my time as Police Surgeons, but now apparently Forensic Physicians.
 
Having performed the duties of a Custody Sergeant for many years, my mind wandered back to those busy shifts when I called out the Police Surgeon as regular as clockwork. In the City of London, before PACE the duties where carried out by the Station Officer of whom C H Rolph wrote in an autobiography, 'Living Twice' Victor Gollancz 1974. The Station Officer was an Inspector.
 
“I believe that the station officer is, and I am certain that he was, the mute inglorious Milton of the police service. He is the police system's only creative artist. During my own short period in this exacting role, I suppose three years at the most, I found the routine work stupefying, the telephone maddening, the Found Property fascinating, the duty parades faintly comic, the unlawful arrests a marvellous challenge to inventive lying, and the grape-shot of the criminal law highly dangerous.”
 
This is an excellent book, which could be enjoyed by everyone, because unlike so many crime writers, at least one of our authors has inside knowledge, and yes, has actually stepped inside a Police Station. I understand more books are planned in the series and I look forward to them.
 
Rob Jerrard


The Concise Guide to Licensing

Edition: 1st

Authors: by Ian Webster, Jeffrey Leib and James Button

ISBN: 978-1906221-386

Publishers: Matador Non-Fiction

Price: £21.95

Publication Date: 01 August 2007

Publisher’s Title Information


This first concise guide covers the entire key licensing regimes. The book is designed for the busy licensing officer, practitioner, elected member, statutory consultee or operator involved in licensing. It explains the entire key licensing regimes in a clear and concise manner, including the complete syllabus for the NCLP.

A chapter on policy is designed to help with the development of new policy under the Gambling Act or the amendment of existing policies, following the Canterbury decision.

Contents include: the Licensing Act 2003; the Gambling Act 2005; Taxi Licensing; Animal Licensing; Street Trading; Hearings & Appeals; Other Premises Licensing; Statutory Duties and Enforcement.


Reviews to date

"A fascinating run through all aspects of licensing law covering a very wide range of subjects from amusement arcades to zoos and everything in between. An excellent introduction to those needing to grasp the essentials quickly."

Gareth Hughes - Barrister (specialising in licensing), Jeffrey Green Russell.

"As a Licensing Officer I issue about 50 forms of permit consent or licence. I have not found one reference book that covers the areas I most need on a day-to-day basis until this one. The Concise Guide provides me with all the information I need at the flick of a thumb. An excellent book written by three well known and respected licensing practitioners."

Jim Hunter - Operations Manager (Public Protection), Taunton Deane BC.

"This book reminds me of the Tardis in Dr Who, from the outside it is unassuming and appears similar to other books on the subject, but once you open it you realise that what is inside defies the size from the outside. Where else can you find Gambling, Licensing, Taxis, Street Trading, Sex Establishments and much more all in one place and explained in such a way that anyone can make sense of it, simple answer is here in this book! A must for anyone involved in licensing."

Myles Bebbington - Head of Licensing South Combs DC.

"This is an excellent book. The authors are to be congratulated in packing so much information into a concise guide. I have been involved in licensing for almost 43 years and yet there is still information in this book that was new to me. It is an invaluable reference work. I only wished that it had been available earlier in my career as it would have saved me a very large amount of research."

David Chambers - Licensing Consultant, former Head of Licensing Westminster City Council



Behind the Call of Duty, A Policeman’s Story

Edition: 1st

Author: Bob Thorogood

ISBN: 1-905237-90-1

Publishers: Matador

Price £9.99

Publication Date: 2006

Publisher’s Title Information


How did a little urchin, born in the last months of World War II in the back streets of Northampton, grow up to eventually occupy the chair of the town's Police Commander?

This autobiography chronicles a childhood that may be seen as lonely.  Forced to live with elderly, unmarried neighbours next door to his true mother, Bob Thorogood soon learnt to become independent and self-reliant.  These humble beginnings were to shape this young man, leaving him worldly-wise, unafraid of hard work and with a unique ability to empathise with others.

Starting work at fifteen as a grocer's errand boy, through serving an apprenticeship as a builder and marrying at nineteen, he never found his true vocation until joining Northamptonshire Police in 1969. His early career was in the turbulent 1970s, when policing gained undeserved notoriety for 'fixing' evidence due to a few national scandals and public expectation of 'The Sweeney' style justice.

With his wife and family by his side and through thirty years of Police service, the author relates anecdotes that will have the reader in stitches, and provide an insight into what really happened in a number of high profile cases, both local and national.

"A fascinating journey through Bob's life. I could see how this shaped Bob's life and his commitment to policing.  A good insight into policing in Northamptonshire." Peter Maddison Chief Constable of Northamptonshire

The Author

Bob Thorogood was born in Northampton, leaving school at fifteen to make his way in life; starting as a grocer's errand boy, through the building trade and eventually finding his true calling as a Police Officer.  He is married with two sons and a daughter and still lives in Northamptonshire.


Review

Over the years it has been commonplace to read the memoirs of former Commissioners of the Metropolitan Police, senior CID officers on "how I solved THAT murder" and police constables’ experiences with the members of the public both good and evil, But it is unusual to read a well written and well-constructed book by a police officer who rose from Constable to Commander of a provincial force, namely, Northamptonshire.  So Bob Thorogood’s ‘Behind the Call of Duty’ is welcome.

The first part of the book deals with his early years as a Police Constable and his promotion to Sergeant as he relates stories not dissimilar to those in other similar publications. However, on his promotion to Inspector and subsequent ranks, the author changes course and introduces the reader to less familiar ground, which is rarely chronicled in such detail in the autobiographies of former Police Officers.

Throughout his career he was transferred back and forth from uniform to CID and so encountered a variety of different often difficult situations; at the same time finding sufficient hours in the day or night to study for examinations and, as and when necessary, to refresh the mind with legislation relating to a particular case with which  he was involved.  Some of the incidents were large scale and it was necessary to make use of the Home Office Large Major Enquiry System (HOLMES). These cases in particular make fascinating reading. Apart from additional manpower required to man the computers there were other less recognisable problems needed to be resolved in order solve the crimes. In addition, as he points out, it is not merely a matter of solving a crime, but the subsequent paper work and preparation of the case for the prosecuting barrister and the court hearings that are more often than not conveniently overlooked in the majority of television cop programmes that convey the impression that once the offender has been arrested that is the end of the matter.

He attended courses at the Bramshill Police College which are described with some aplomb. He was later selected (presumably as his administrative abilities had been recognised) as an administrator to work for the Association of Chief Police Officers. One task in particular involved long deliberations and association with Home Office civil servants, Members of Parliament and others in Westminster in the formulation of the Police and Criminal Evidence Bill subsequently known as PACE.  An Act which later many members of the public and the press considered to be a product of political correctness and the means of transferring bobbies on the beat to bobbies at the desk.

Between his official police duties in Northamptonshire and courses at Bramshill he decided to study Spanish and later spent six weeks learning about Spanish Law and Constitution at a European Police Studies Course in Madrid.

The author was clearly an ambitious man who, with hard work and dedicated service, achieved his goal. Much has been written about the Metropolitan Police but little about the achievements of provincial officers and their participation in PACE and other similar acts of Parliament. This book could - and should - be an incentive to all future young men and women joining the police service, that with hard work and commitment they too can climb the greasy pole.

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