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Former policeman David’s subjects brought to book
1:00pm Monday 13th August 2012 in Keighley
Chasing reckless joy riders around the streets of Keighley and dealing with car clampers in Haworth are among the tales in a new book by a former policeman.
Tha’s Locked Up – Memories Of A West Yorkshire Policeman has been written by David Watson. He completed the book after his retirement, following a cycling accident in the Scottish Highlands which left him on a life support machine.
He joined West Yorkshire Police in 1981 when he was in his early twenties, after several years of working as a carpenter and joiner. He then spent more than 25 years on patrol in and around Keighley, Shipley, Bradford and Brighouse.
In addition to his experiences in Keighley and Haworth his book includes accounts of being on duty during the traumatic miners’ strike, policing one of Bradford’s toughest housing estates and taking part in a farcical raid on a brothel.
Mr Watson, who was born in Bradford and now lives in Ilkley, took early retirement from the police when he was 50.
His 176-page paperback book has been published by Wharncliffe Books and is on sale for £12.99.