The Scourge of Soho: The Controversial Career of SAS Hero Detective Sergeant Harry Challenor MM

Detective Sergeant Harry Challenor is undoubtedly one of the most controversial policemen of all time.Born into grinding poverty in 1922, Challenor served with the prestigious Special Air Service during World War Two, was parachuted behind enemy lines, was captured twice, escaped twice and was awarded the Military Medal for his bravery.Joining the post war Metropolitan PolDetective Sergeant Harry Challenor is undoubtedly one of the most controversial policemen of all time.Born into grinding poverty in 1922, Challenor served with the prestigious Special Air Service during World War Two, was parachuted behind enemy lines, was captured twice, escaped twice and was awarded the Military Medal for his bravery.Joining the post war Metropolitan Police, Challenor began his one man crime crusade After four years with the elite Flying Squad, Challenor was sent to London s West End to clear up crime in Soho Pimps, racketeers and crooks were rounded up and often found themselves in possession of a bewildering assortment of armaments of which they denied all knowledge More sensible gangsters, like Reg and Ron Kray, took off as soon as his name was mentioned.A reward of 1000 was offered by the gang leaders to anyone who could successfully bring sufficiently damaging allegations to have Challenor transferred, but in the end, it was not needed During a political demonstration in 1963, half bricks were planted on innocent protesters which resulted in three young policemen being imprisoned and Challenor was certified as being a paranoid schizophrenic and sent to a succession of psychiatric hospitals and care homes.Policeman turned author, Dick Kirby, has interviewed former friends and colleagues of Harry Challenor and has meticulously studied court records and official documents to write the sensational and extraordinary story of the man whom became The Scourge of Soho.
The Scourge of Soho The Controversial Career of SAS Hero Detective Sergeant Harry Challenor MM Detective Sergeant Harry Challenor is undoubtedly one of the most controversial policemen of all time Born into grinding poverty in Challenor served with the prestigious Special Air Service duri

  • Title: The Scourge of Soho: The Controversial Career of SAS Hero Detective Sergeant Harry Challenor MM
  • Author: Dick Kirby
  • ISBN: 9781781593509
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Scourge of Soho: The Controversial Career of SAS Hero Detective Sergeant Harry Challenor MM”

    1. He was just a name until I read the book.I thought initially that the writer was just going to support Harry Challenor irrespective of what he may or may not have done wrong. My opinion changed as I read on and found it to be a well balanced book which gave both sides of the story. Having joined the Police in 1970 in London and served as a Detective for 31 years I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to any of my ex work colleagues.

    2. The Scourge of SohoDick Kirby who has written about the life of the late Harry Challenor who was known as The Scourge of Soho in this true crime biography helps to bring the life and times of the West End of London and inparticular Soho. This is the Metropolitan Police at one of its darkest periods, when corruption, fit ups were part of the skill set required by detectives and nowhere was this more in evident than in Soho. Quite apt when one thinks how today the landowners of Soho are gentrifyin [...]

    3. An astonishing account of War Hero, and infamous Metropolitan Police Officer Harry Challenor. The Author details the tremendous fortitude and courage displayed by Harry Challenor during his military service. Such qualities were then employed by the Met with astonishing results; liberating London's most notorious, crime-ridden districts from the grips of organised crime and Police corruption. The story of Harry Challenor is essentially one of the demise of the robust; and unequivocal Police Offic [...]

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