Policing East London, although often rewarding, can be a very demanding business at times. Take last Wednesday for example. It was early evening when we got a shout at the station, notifying us that a gang of heavily armed raiders had entered a building society premises in Whitechapel Road and were holding a number of hostages.
The lads on my watch immediately sprang into action and raced to the scene. Fortunately, I’d hidden a bottle of scotch and a few cans of premium strength lager in my locker which I drank in the toilets until I was sick down my clothes.