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Crossing the Line of Duty By Neil Root

Crossing the Line of Duty by Neil Root

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The first book to make use of police archives to tell the story of how rampant corruption led to the downfall of the Met Police's infamous Flying Squad

Crossing the Line of Duty Summary

Crossing the Line of Duty: How Corruption, Greed and Sleaze Brought Down the Flying Squad by Neil Root

The Metropolitan Police of the mid-twentieth century, in particular The Flying Squad and Obscene Publications Squad, has been described as 'the most routinely corrupt organisation in London'. Larger-than-life characters such as Ken Drury and Alfred 'Wicked Bill' Moody routinely fraternised with underworld figures, paid off witnesses and struck dodgy deals to get their man - regardless of whether he was innocent or guilty. And the problem went far beyond a couple of 'bent' coppers: in the end, fifty officers were prosecuted, while 478 took early retirement. Using Metropolitan Police files obtained under Freedom of Information, which have not been accessed since the 1970s, author Neil Root can finally tell the real story of how the Met became systemically corrupt, and how Sir Robert Mark, who became commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in 1972, finally cleaned it up.

Crossing the Line of Duty Reviews

"Root demolishes the excuses of corrupt police; that they cut corners for the greater good, to bang up criminals. As for sources, Root has gone to the National Archives for the Met's files on the investigations of the 1970s. One of the books in Root's list of books consulted, 'The Fall of Scotland Yard', is equally worth reading, to give a sense of the press sniffing at the corrupt squads and of the smell of the Seventies, including that aura (as exploited by the likes of Drury) that British police were the best (also pushed by The Sweeney on TV) and could not do wrong." * Professional Security Magazine *

About Neil Root

Neil Root is a true crime historian and the author of The Murder Gang (The History Press, 2018) Gone (Mainstream, 2016), and Frenzy! (Preface, 2012).

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Crossing the Line of Duty: How Corruption, Greed and Sleaze Brought Down the Flying Squad by Neil Root
Used - Very Good
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