Today, I thought I’d put Nottingham on the map for you a little more, in relation to the crime world. Not that it’s a particularly high crime place, but so that you can imagine it as a setting for a crime novel. I want to create posts informing you of past events in the city’s history. Breath some real life into it.
Today I want to take you back to 1975 Nottinghamshire. Donald Neilson, a ruthless killer was on the run, after killing 4 victims. He was a killer crossing county boundaries. Boundaries he crossed until he eventually came into Nottinghamshire and this is where he was stopped.
You may know Donald Neilson as his press name of the Black Panther.
Two PC’s Tony White and Stuart Mackenzie, were in a marked police vehicle in the Mansfield area when they saw Neilson and asked to talk to him. At which point the police officers were held up by a sawn-off shotgun and directed to drive Neilson to Blidworth. They initially did as he instructed, but picked their moment and overpowered him before getting back-up from other officers and making an arrest.
A brilliant and exciting scene in a book. But it was real and I don’t think, all that exciting at the time. And it happened in Nottinghamshires history.
This place I’m setting my novel in has it’s own characters and own stories. It’s own violent underbelly. It’s all there for the crime novel. Now I just have to get my words in there the right way.
I hope you liked the historic peek into the criminal side of Nottingham. There may be more to come!