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Copper at the Yard
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Being a copper at the yard was definitely an exciting time for the author, John Woodhouse, but it did take it's toll on social and family life. From east end detective, to the Bomb Squad in London's fight back during the IRA bombings of the 1970s, to the Flying Squad in the fight against organised crime. But amongst all this there was a lighter side, from Morris Dancing, to a cross dressing debutante at Ascot's ladies day, to undercover cop is all in a days work, until out of the blue he was told he had terminal cancer and to go home and die. This book is an insight into the life of an ordinary guy who has led an extraordinary life, who has opened deaths door and closed it again, but still had time to smile at life as he endured the battle with cancer. Fighting his way back to return to duty at the yard with one lung and continuing his career, this is the story of guts and determination. To take on the Chinese triads in their own back yard and and come out the other side is astonishing in itself, but along with all the ups and downs in his life this ordinary guy's approach to life is one of optimism and fun. This book will certainly make you laugh at times and cry at others, you can live his life along side him on every page.
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In the late-60s, while working as a bricklayer foreman, Woodhouse knew there was something missing from his life. The one day he saw a policeman jump into a speeding car, off to a job, and realised he too needed the danger and excitement of the force. From the moment he began training, his sense of humour saw him occasionally skating on thin ice. But after joining CID he developed into a good detective, even in his early career in the Flying Squad was more Clouseau than Carter. Diagnosed with lung cancer, he had diseased lung removed and after a fill-recovery, he returned to the force in an intelligence role, investigating Triads and the like, and now nicknamed 'One Lung Woody'. In his memoirs, he paints a picture of a changing organization, not always for the better, and allows his personality to shine through, admitting how he's now 'a Victor Meldrew-type character, although once considered himself to be more of a Michael Caine figure.' Best of British

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