Crack House is the extraordinary true story of the cop who took on London’s crack gangs and won - in one year. Crack, which sells for as little as £6 a hit, entered the UK in the early 90s. By 1999 London was in the grip of an epidemic. With the crack came guns, prostitution (95% of Britain’s street prostitutes use crack), gambling and other drugs and the turf-wars, bloody gun battles between rival gangs fought on the streets (95% of street shootings were crack-related). Communities were crying out for action but there were only two specialist drugs squads in London.
This is the story of one of them, Haringey Drugs Squad, led by DS Harry Keeble who decided that the only way to return the streets to the community was to fight a war against crack. Their mission: to eliminate all 100 crack houses in their borough in one year (2000). It should have been impossible. But they did it. As a direct result all black-on-black killings in Haringey stopped for twelve months, an achievement yet to be repeated in any inner city. Shootings, burglaries and muggings fell massively. The streets were safe again. Crack House is their breathtaking story, told by the leader of this exceptional squad, a story of spectacular and innovative raids, arrests, beatings, stabbings, shootings, torture and murder. The story of a team of dedicated young family men who regularly faced death and serious injury, Crack House will take the reader into the dark heart of the criminal world’s most terrifying, violent and sickening places. Crack House relates the electrifying battle to raid 100 fortresses secured with the latest technology, behind whose reinforced doors lurked Britain’s biggest drug dealers surrounded by crack-addicted hit-men who kill for as little as £200 (known as ‘Bics’, like the plastic razors of the same name, they are cheap and disposable).
Incredibly, despite their astounding success, the proactive and prolific approach of Haringey Drugs Squad was not pursued. Crack House uncovers why our most vulnerable communities were left to fend for themselves as the crack dealers reclaimed the streets and rapidly spread their violence all across the UK. In London in 2006, two people were shot every day, that’s double the number in 2005, a direct result of the growth in the crack trade. Every single one of the UK’s most tragic, appalling and senseless gun murders since 2000 are crack related. Toni Ann Byfield (aged 7), Danielle Beccan (14), Ainlee Walker (2), Mary-Ann Leneghan (16), Letisha Shakespeare (17) and Charlene Ellis (18) are just a few of the innocent young female victims.
Kris Hollington is a bestselling non-fiction author and ghost-writer of twenty books, several of which have been adapted for documentaries (including Channel 4’s Cutting Edge and ITV1’s Real Crime) 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...
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