When super-tough cop Sergeant Harry Keeble announced he was joining Hackney’s ailing Child Protection Team in 2000, his colleagues asked: “What the hell are you going there for?” Known as the Cardigan Squad, its officers were seen as glorified social workers that dealt with domestics and comforted frightened children.
Within a few months he’d fought machete-wielding thugs in Trinidad, faced down drunken AK-47-toting policeman in Ghana, survived the ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica and confronted the horrors of African witchcraft in London, exposing a network of ritual abuse in the process – all in his unrelenting war against child abuse.
He rescued dozens of kids – kids in crack houses, kids whose carers were gradually being eaten alive by rats, kids living in unimaginable filth and kids who had burned their house down.
Then there were the hostage situations, the lynch mobs, staring down pit bulls chained up to kids in a cot, tracing the ISP address and kicking the door in of a serial child abuser before he finished his live Internet broadcast.
Without wading in sentimentality, Harry describes how he and his dedicated team - a colourful cast of characters determined to make a difference – led the Child Protection revolution that followed the killing of Victoria Climbie, saving countless children in the process.
This is the inspirational and unforgettable story of the Cardigan Squad and the children - the 'Baby X's' - they fought to save. Every single case was moment of high drama - one knock on the front door from Harry and a family’s lives would never be the same again…
Kris Hollington is a bestselling non-fiction author and ghost-writer of twenty books, several of which have been adapted for TV documentaries and dramas.
The Interceptor: The Inside Story of the UK’s Elite Drug Squad, written with former Customs operative Cameron Addicott (Michael Joseph, July 2010) was adapted into an eight-part BBC1 prime-time drama series of the same name and broadcast in the summer of 2015.
Other books by Kris include Hurting Too Much: Shocking Stories From the Frontline of Child Protection, with Detective Sergeant Harry Keeble, (S&S, Feb 2012), a bestsellin...
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