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Bobby on the Beat: Memoirs of a London Policeman in the 1960s [Kindle Edition]

Bob Dixon
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Bob Dixon spent years 'on the Beat' as a police constable in the Metropolitan Police Force in the early 1960s, witnessing all manner of incidents, from the serious to the ludicrous. Spending the majority of his time in London's infamous East End dealing with drunks, fatalities on the road, domestic disputes and even suicides, as well as policing at major public events such as Guy Fawkes night, New Year's Eve and anti-Vietnam War marches, life was colourful and varied, if not always safe.

Bobby on the Beat is the true memoir of a real-life London copper, charting Bob Dixon's experiences as a young police officer before he joined the CID. The book covers his life before joining the Force, his rigorous training, the vagaries of first patrolling the Beat, the numerous accounts, sad and funny, of crime fighting in the capital, the lighter side of policing and how he feels the police force has changed since the 60s. Offering unique insights into a world many of us do not feel comfortable entering, Bobby on the Beat uncovers what life is really like for those brave few who help keep our streets safe.

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Packed with plenty of amusing anecdotes, it sheds light on life that now seems a world away Best of British Bob's recollections cover so many experiences; the good, the bad and the ugly. It is this variety that makes his memoir such an interesting read Discover Your History

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Bob Dixon was born in Hertfordshire in 1941. His father was a merchant seaman and his mother a schoolteacher. Together with his brother and sister, the family lived in Harpenden, later moving to Southampton where Bob attended King Edward VI School. On leaving, he spent two years as a crew member on a Research Ship in Antarctica. He then joined the Metropolitan Police, serving for four years in uniform and later in the CID in East and South London and at Scotland Yard. On leaving the Police after fourteen years service, Bob was Security Manager for three national retail companies and a hotel chain before joining Cunard as Security Officer on the QEII. On leaving the sea after four years, he was appointed Branch Manager of a national driving school, retiring in 2001 due to ill health.

He has been married to his wife Anne, a retired nurse, for forty-nine years and they have four children and five grandchildren. He lives in Worthing, Sussex and his hobbies are writing, reading, supporting Southampton Football Club and watching most sports. He is also an active member of the West Sussex Writers' Club.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 416 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1782431195
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara (1 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FK3S6Z8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,669 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Noddy Bikes are Go! 22 Jan. 2014
This unusual book written by and about a 1960's Bobby mainly caught my attention because my late father was also an East London Copper during that very eventful period. As I don't recall him telling me much about the harsh realities of the job, I'd hoped Mr Dixon's memoirs might give me an idea of what day to day life was really like for those guys, and for the characters with whom they came into contact. I anticipated a fairly gritty kind of a tale, especially with it being set in the East End of London at the time of the Kray brothers' activities, etc. Bring it on...
And things do get off to a very promising start when one of the recruits at training school just can't stand the pace, has a nervous breakdown and, frothing at the mouth, threatens to go on a wild killing spree of his own. That was obviously the poor guy's last day on the Force! Wow. I hoped this would set the tone for the rest of the book, and to an extent it does as there are many other unusual and bizarre events revealed in his recollections; alongside more mundane police activities of the time such as exotic food, competitive sports and getting pissed a lot.
The only thing that under-sells it, ironically, is that everything is written in those calm, collected and matter of fact tones that were the very epitome of the 1960' Bobby; and which whilst being suitably authentic, can also inherently sap a degree of excitement from the proceedings. Perhaps, with such great raw material here, it could have benefited from just a little jazzing up? A bit of a Catch 22 situation I guess, given the nature of the book. Having said that, the phrase " I advised him as to his ill-conceived actions" is one that I'm definitely claiming for my own personal use the next time I get into a "disagreement"!
In more ways than one then, this is a book that could ONLY be written by one of the Old Time Coppers. And Good on them, too. Zero Tolerance!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby on the beat. 29 Sept. 2013
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Really nostalgic read, tells just how much change has been seen over the past few decades to our police force.i interesting stories with touches of humour, most enjoyable book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! 17 Jan. 2014
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An excellent book. Easy to read with interesting, funny and amazing stories. Bob has been very honest and tried not to compare the Police of the 1960,s and 70,s with the Police of today. A 'must read' for anyone who lived during the 'swinging 60's, particularly in East London, and those who wish they had of done. Some serving Police officers could learn a little from this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby on the Beat 28 Jan. 2014
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A funny and well written account of a police officer's life in the 1960's. It gives a very good feel of what life was like around this time and felt quite nostalgic. Left me wanting more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memories 25 Jan. 2014
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I used to be a copper in South London in the 70s. This book brought back a lot of memories, some good some bad. All in all an enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby on the Beat 23 Mar. 2014
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A great read and brings back many memories. A 'must' nostalgic read for old time 'bobbies' and a very useful read for younger 'bobbies' as to how things were when a beat Bobby had to rely on his/her quick thinking, tact , diplomacy and people skills when dealing with the public. It was during a period when common sense prevailed over the current trend of issuing tickets 'willy nilly' and losing the respect of the very section of the public they need on board simply to keep to targets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A satisfying read 4 Jan. 2014
As a serving Met officer (25 years) I really enjoyed this book. It made me dream of a simpler age where PACE didn't exist and RIPA (and all the associated paperwork) had yet to darken our doorstep.

The book is an easy read with nice short stories telling how life for a beat bobby once was - and still should be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brought back memories 9 April 2014
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As a retired Police officer of the early 1970's bought this book to re live those days when policing was a simple affair , officer walked a beat and radios has just been introduced. This book tells the story very well and if you want a book that shows policing at its simplest, buy it
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