Kablam! The only language Patrick Shaw spoke

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  • Many have questioned why this police hitman operated as if he was above the law, why he broke the very rules he was supposed to uphold by playing the role of investigator, judge and executioner. The explanation given at the time is that Shaw knew that, should the men he arrested be sent to jail, they would come out harder and even more dangerous. The correctional facilities of the 1970s were nothing to write home about, as were the courts. Reporting by David Smith

It was in Dagoretti in 1986 when I first saw Patrick Shaw in action, a friend of mine recalled. A gang of five had robbed a shop and taken off in a getaway car. The Flying Squad and Shaw showed up in minutes and encircled the area, trapping the suspects.

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