I’m very pleased to be starting the celebrations of S5 Uncovered by James Durose-Rayner. S5 Uncovered was published by Clink Street on 19th July 2016 and is available for purchase on Amazon UK, but to whet your appetite I have a brief extract from this fascinating book based on real events.
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.
But the programme was never aired.
An Extract from S5 Uncovered
From Episode 1:
But before I go on with the story, I know I’ve mentioned the ’Cross a few times, and that needs explaining. The ’Cross, or Parson Cross rather, is an area of north Sheffield which is largely made up of a huge sprawling council estate that takes in literally fifty different streets, roads, crescents and avenues. On a sunny day, it can look like anywhere else in the country, but on a miserable rainy night it’s not somewhere that you would like to be stranded. The first rule of the ’Cross is that when it’s dark – you stay in.
About James Durose-Rayner
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.