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Friday 12 August 2016

☀ S5 Uncovered - James Durose-Rayner

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Epic new crime novel explores the real-life goings-on within Sheffield’s underworld, the South Yorkshire Police and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

When a man released on police bail is murdered, Don Chaps, the deputy director of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), is encouraged by his superiors to find a reason for the killing, beyond the standard, drugsrelated likely motive. But there's another reason why senior officials want Chaps on the case; they want him to eliminate South Yorkshire Police's internal funding crisis and raise the number of convictions at the same time.

With the aid of his executive director, Chaps creates a covert task force which will work solely on achieving these two targets.
Based around a series of true events.

The BBC's current affairs programme 'Panorama' undertook a sixty minute documentary / exposé surrounding an elite government task force that went undercover in Sheffield over a period of twelve months. Their remit was to use the Proceeds of Crime Act to fill up the police federations coffers using illegally gained intelligence, on one hand overlooking - and in some cases encouraging - major criminal activity such as murder, kidnap and torture; whilst on the other, surreptitiously acquiring pre-bargained guilty pleas from defendants then reneging on deals, which culminated in some of the heaviest sentences ever handed out in the UK.

The programme was never aired.

Teaser: Excerpt

Episode 4: One of Our Spies is Missing

      We were making progress on the case, but I was sensing a massive lack of communication from the police. We never got told about the armed robbery in Lower Brad eld until two days later and that was after BBC Radio She eld and ‘ e She eld Star’ had both reported the arse out of it.
      We were also unaware that the police had gone back to Craig Hallam’s house. We knew they’d had him in cus- tody for ten hours a couple of weeks ago, and knew from questioning that he wasn’t involved in anything and as a matter of course they had bailed him. However, we weren’t informed that they still needed confirmation that he wasn’t in possession of a sizeable amount of money so they had gone in and done a half-arsed search. It was lazy policing in the rst instance, and even lazier in the second, as it had created a problem for the lad’s family in that someone linked to the Coleses had been passed on information that the police were at his house again and an idiot from Coles’ rm had taken a pot shot at his windows. And I say idiot as it was the wrong house that got hit.
      That aside, I had tried to assemble some form of routine with the dog, even at the weekend. It was a case of getting up at 5.30 a.m. and getting a shower and brushing my teeth, walking the dog in and around some local greenery o both Meadow Street and St Phil’s Road, and calling to buy a copy of ‘ e Daily Telegraph’ and ‘ e She eld Star’. e dog quite liked it and it gave me a head start to read various reports from my underlings, one of which was penned by Matty Barton. From our sporadic surveillance the trackers had concluded that both e Contractor and e Big Lad were regularly in the same place for between one and two hours around four to ve times a week. I located the meeting point to a street just o the A61 Chester eld Road, which immediately had the alarm bells going as it was more or less around the corner from the house where Martin Quesada had been shot in the leg.

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About the Author

James Durose-Rayner has over twenty years’ experience in journalism. He is a member of the Writer’s Guild and the editor of NATM, the UK’s leading specialist civil engineering journal.

His writing has been featured in over 210 magazines and his debut indie-novel, S63: Made in Thurnscoe, published in 2001, received positive reviews. In 2015, I Am Sam (Clink Street Publishing) and itv Seven (New Generation Publishing) followed to more affirmative acclaim.

Durose-Rayner currently divides his time between the UK and Cyprus.

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