The Outsider: The Autobiography of One of Britain's Most Controversial Policemen

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HarperCollins, 2002 - Police chiefs - 386 pages
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An abused, unwanted, squint-eyed boy, Keith Hellawell never knew who his real father was. His mother, a club dancer, was always bringing home different men, and would tie him to the table-leg to keep him quiet. He fought at school and went down the pit. It was a hard-bitten, inauspicious start for a man who was eventually to become Chief Constable of Cleveland, and then West Yorkshire, and later, controversially, New Labour's much-feted and summarily dismissed Drugs Czar.

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About the author (2002)

Keith Hellawell was born and brought up in Yorkshire and, after spending some years working as a minter, has been a policeman all his life. In the seventies he served in Northern Ireland, and h became Assistant Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police in 1983. Thereafter he as successively Deputy Chief Constable, Humberside Police, Chief Constable, Cleveland Police, and Chief Constable, West Yorkshire Police. He was made New Labour's 'Drug Tsar' in 1998, and resigned his position in July 2002. He is married with three children and lives in Yorkshire.

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