What's Tha Up To?
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What's Tha Up To? : Memories of a Yorkshire Bobby

By (author) Martyn Johnson

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'I've turned boys into men and policemen into coppers,' said the Sergeant. 'Policemen have got brains, but coppers, they've got brains and common sense.' No two days were ever the same for bobby-on-the-beat Martyn Johnson. Come rain or come shine, he patrolled his patch with a sharp eye for troublemakers and a kind word for those in need of a friend. Whether he was pursuing unlikely coal thieves, tracking down peacocks gone AWOL or investigating mysterious flying saucers over Sheffield, PC Johnson faced every new challenge with a smile and a healthy dose of his copper's common sense. In his charming and funny memoir, Martyn Johnson recalls the rogues, cheats and scoundrels - as well as the many friends - who made his life on the beat so unforgettable.

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 124.46 x 195.58 x 20.32mm | 204.12g
  • 15 Sep 2011
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Sphere
  • London
  • English
  • 8pp
  • 0751547778
  • 9780751547771
  • 81,911

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Martyn Johnson was a 'beat bobby' with Sheffield City Police Force for seven years before he was seconded to CID. After two years, he found that he missed grass-roots policing and returned to the beat for a further seven years. He lives in Wenworth village with his wife Christine.

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This is a heart-warming read, well written with compassion and humour -- Anne Cater New Books A wonderful slice-of-life autobiography ... vividly atmospheric Daily Express

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