Inner Wheel

PUBLISHED: 07:08 17 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:47 31 May 2010

The speaker for August s meeting was John Double who gave members an insight into his life as a policeman. John Double was a policeman for 30 years, starting in the 1950s. His first station was Collier Row with his first job being checking that the pig sw

The speaker for August's meeting was John Double who gave members an insight into his life as a policeman. John Double was a policeman for 30 years, starting in the 1950s. His first station was Collier Row with his first job being checking that the pig swill was being boiled for long enough and when his uniform got dirty he was fined five shillings. This was a time before walkie-talkies and mobile phones; the PCs had to wait at telephone boxes for instructions. He transferred to Saffron Walden and remembered the time the Krays and the Richardsons had a meeting at the Saffron Hotel and Audley End airstrip was used for illegal immigrants. He also remembered the robbery at Barclays in Stansted. When he entered the building him and his colleagues saw a man wearing a balaclava holding what looked like grenades; they tackled him to the ground with the 'grenades' turning out to be sprouting potatoes. John has now been retired 20 years.

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