‘Reporting For Duty’ – today’s special mention goes to Roy Shotton who provided some great photographs and memories. The picture shows a police escort of a victorious Aston Villa football team in Birmingham City Centre 1982. The goal scorer of the team on the night that they won the European Cup Final was Peter Withe. (Roy is far right) The book charts the history of the West Midlands Police from 1974 to 1999. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1916168000/

Football-related violence – I spent the day in London yesterday doing a comprehensive interview for a film company who are producing a feature-length film about the effects of football-related violence particularly during the 1980s. Talked about the structure, organisation and history of hooligan groups and in particular the ‘Zulu Warriors’. I’ve worked a lot in London over the last fifteen years but always glad to get back home!

‘Reporting For Duty’ – todays special mention goes to Mick Foster QPM – retired Assistant Chief Constable with the West Midlands Police. Mick provided the Foreword to this book which records the history of the West Midlands Police 1974 – 1999. Mick is a Trustee of ‘The Police Arboretum Memorial Trust and previous Trustee of the ‘Care of Police Survivors Trust’ – ‘CoPS’ Each copy of the book sold attracts a donation to the new UK Police Memorial fund.

‘Reporting For Duty’ – some stories in the book from West Midlands Police officers who were deployed on the Miners Strike 1984/85 in todays Sunday Mercury. Each copy of this book sold attracts a donation to the new UK Police Memorial fund https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1916168000/ #WMP #Police#Book #UKPoliceMemorial

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Visit to Waterstones in Redditch – a pleasure to visit Waterstones again today in the Kingfisher Centre. Met some lovely people, signed some books, and caught up with Andrew the Manager whose love of books remains constant.

‘Reporting For Duty’ – todays special mentions go to contributor Julie Maley who many ‘F’ Division officers in the West Midlands Police will remember as Julie Whild. Digbeth officers will no doubt remember finding Julie in the middle of many a fight in the city-centre and she rarely failed to emerge without a prisoner. Also to Peter Hancox who provided a unique insight into the world of being a Fingerprint Expert in the Force. The book is available on Amazon UK

The Police Family – I had the pleasure yesterday of catching up with three retired West Midlands Police colleagues – one a neighbourhood policing officer, one a Special Constable for sixteen years and one a detective on the Regional Crime Squad – no matter how long you’re out of ‘the job’ you never actually leave it – a way of life.

Radio Interview – did an interview this evening with Phil Williams on the Drivetime Show on Talk Radio – discussed the apparent rise in figures relating to football violence and our new book ‘Reporting For Duty’ during which I managed to explain the work relating to the new UK Police Memorial fund.

‘Reporting For Duty’ – met with Mike Lockley at the Birmingham Mail today to discuss further newspaper articles. There is a lot of interest in 1970s onwards nostalgia and social history in the West Midlands.