The Authors – Michael Layton QPM joined the British Transport Police as a Cadet on the 1st September 1968 and, after three years, was appointed as a Police Constable in 1971, serving at Birmingham New Street Station. In 1972 he transferred to Birmingham City Police, which amalgamated in 1974 to become the West Midlands Police, where he eventually reached the rank of Chief Superintendent in 1997. Whilst much of his service was spent in the Criminal Investigation Department for the next six year’s he was responsible for the policing of half of the Borough of Walsall. On retirement from that Force in 2003 he went on to see service with the Sovereign Bases Police in Cyprus, and then returned to the British Transport Police in 2004, initially as a Detective Superintendent (Director of Intelligence), and then in his last two years as the Operations Superintendent at Birmingham, where he continued with his passion for combating football violence, until finally retiring again in 2011. In the January 2003 New Year’s Honours List, he was awarded the Queens Police Medal for distinguished police service. He is the author or co-author of a number of factual books, predominantly police-related, as well as historical crime fiction books. Michael is also a self-employed consultant engaged predominantly with crime and community safety issues and is a resident of Bromsgrove. He is a member of the British Transport Police Independent Advisory Group in the Midlands area, and the British Transport Police History Group. Stephen Burrows joined West Midlands Police in 1983, working in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Walsall. He performed a wide variety of roles in ranks up to and including Detective Superintendent. These included uniform command, complaints and discipline, (including internal and cross-force enquiries) and CID command, (including Serious Crime Investigation, Child Protection and Head of Intelligence). In 2002 he transferred to Warwickshire Police as Chief Superintendent (Area Commander), and then became Detective Chief Superintendent, (Head of Crime) for the force, a post held for five years. He was trained as Senior Investigating Officer, in Kidnap command, and all levels of Firearms Command amongst other skills. He retired in 2013 following thirty years’ service, eleven of which were spent at Chief Superintendent rank. He currently works for The Home Office in the field of Communications Data. Stephen is the co-author of a number of factual police-related books as well as a number of historical crime fiction books. He has recently also released his first solo fiction book.


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