Birmingham’s Front Line

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Birmingham’s Front Line offers a fascinating and unique insight into police culture and the problems faced by those on the thin blue line during a tumultuous time in Britain’s second city.

Containing accounts from the author and his former colleagues of robberies, rapes and murders, these true stories will shock and stun as the author reveals the tools and tactics used to combat the violence, bribery and general disregard of law and order encountered every day as the police fought to bring these criminals to justice.

Covering the period from 1976 to 1988, Birmingham city centre represented a microcosm of criminal activity throughout the United Kingdom in this period – at one end of the spectrum, hardened armed robbers out to make a fast and brutal buck; at the other, the punks, bikers and skinheads just looking for the cheap thrill of mindless violence. Hooliganism was rife, and the notorious Zulu Warriors were always sure to make their presence felt.

Relationships with informants are described, and the author gives an inside view of the world of criminal intelligence, as well as explaining how, after much strife, police and criminals learnt to co-exist in the Midlands


‘I bought this book after seeing a review on another site. It arrived quickly and just as I was leaving for work, so I took it with me hoping to dive into it during a meal break. Didn’t get one, so took it home and started to read some pages as I was dying to read it. The next thing, two and a half hours had passed and I was still standing on the back doorstep with my dog and it was after 2am! The book is well written, concise and took me back to a bygone era. A good read and I’d recommend it.’

‘A great read that gives an insight into policing techniques during the 70’s & 80’s. A variety of different incidents are included. Well researched and written in a manner that makes it easy to follow and read. You can pick up on the humour and camaraderie that is shared by the officers within the different units & departments.’