#156 Books, Drugs & Hong Kong Triads | Chris Thrall Chats With Clare Vosper | ‘Eating Smoke’

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Don’t miss this hugely insightful chat I had with Clare Vosper from V-Force High Octane Driving Experiences about my time in Hong Kong, including becoming addicted to crystal meth and working for the 14K triads, as detailed in my memoir ‘Eating Smoke’. You can purchase a copy of my memoir(s) here: https://amzn.to/3lqbI6l

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Chris and Claire

C – So massive hello to all our friends at home, today I have the absolute delight of being joined Clare Vosper. Clare is the wife of Chris Vosper who if you haven’t seen it already, I really suggest you watch the podcast I did with Chris. Fascinating guy, amazing history from the Royal Marines to flying Apache gunships in Afghanistan. Chris and Clare now run V-Force which is lots of things and I won’t try and sum it all up now but it’s basically a Special Forces driving experience, very high Octane stuff.

C – And I want to say great on achieving your 200 mile run, definitely well done!

C – So for those that don’t know instead of spending Christmas with the family I set out to run 200 miles instead.

C – We’re in awe of you as ever.

C – Thank you. Today Clare we’re going to do something unique, because no-one has ever really asked me about my Eating Smoke memoir or my story in Hong Kong…

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#154 Suzanne Sharkey | Former Undercover Drugs Officer | Bought The T-Shirt Podcast

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Suzanne Sharkey is a former undercover drugs officer and the co-executive director of ‘LEAP’ – the Law Enforcement Action Partnership – law enforcement personnel for drug law & social justice reform.

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Chris and Suzanne

C – So we should say thank you to Neil Wood, straight off the back who’s put us in touch.

S – Yeah sure.

C – For our friends at home, I did a podcast with Neil the other day. Neil’s worked prolifically, if that’s the right word in the undercover substance misuse area. At the end of our podcast Neil said you should speak to Suzanne, and that’s what we’re going to do. So I tuned in the other night to your launch of L.E.A.P. Scotland, feel free to correct me if I get the terminology wrong. So L.E.A.P. is the Law Enforcement Action Partnership, and my understanding is that it is a partnership of former police professionals who have recognised the UK’s drug policy is failing, am I right?

S – Yeah for sure, it’s an international organisation and it was started in the USA originally as law enforcement against prohibition, which is a nice snappy, you know, you get what it says on the tin, but because of how much drug policy is integral into everyday people’s lives even though they don’t realise it, to sort of open up working with other organisations, it’s been changed to law enforcement action partnership…

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Forty Nights: My Escape from Crystal Meth Hell

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#56 Prison Officer ‘Strangeways’ 11 Years | Neil ‘Sammy’ Samworth | HMP Manchester | Podcast

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Neil ‘Sammy’ Samworth spent 11 years as a prison officer in one of Britain’s toughest jails.

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Chris and Sammy

C – Sammy, how are you brother?

S – I’m good Chris, how are you?

C – Yeah, I’m alright mate thank you, better every day to be honest.

S – Good. That’s what we like to hear.

C – It’s an absolute honour to finally get to meet, albeit through the pleasures of Zoom. I think Zoom is the bane of everybody’s life at the moment.

S – This is my second one, I don’t really know it from the point of view of using it, there we go that’s better.

C – I was trying to think, I had the absolute pleasure of driving to a podcast with Shaun Attwood or it might have been James English, and I was listening to your podcast. I’ve listened to both your podcasts with these guys on the way up in the car, and I was immediately struck Sammy not just with your massive experience as a prison officer but also the compassion that you showed throughout the interview to the people you were in charge of. It was rewarding to hear that there’s people like you out there. I think those of us that grew up with Porridge, you think of Strangeways prison and you think of was it Fulton McKay.

S –  Yeah definitely

C – You know that rigid ex military type, and as I said it’s an honour to finally get to meet you…

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#66 Blown Up, Shot, Stabbed | SO19 – The Met Police Armed Response Unit | Helen Barnett | Podcast

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Helen Barnett and was authorised to shoot to kill. She has been blown up by the IRA, shot and stabbed. Helen was the first mother to join the Met Police’s Armed Response Unit.

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Chris and Helen

C – Helen, how are you?

H – Hi Chris, I’m very well thanks how are you?

C – Yes, I’m okay, which part of the world are you in?

H – I’m in the Cotswold, I’m really lucky, it’s lovely and it’s been a lovely day as well, really sunny.

C – A beautiful part of the country. I did a 24 hour race in the Cotswolds. It’s one of those places where you hear Cotswolds and my mind starts thinking hang on are we talking like Lake District or something. It’s not actually far from the South West.

H – Yeah, it’s quite central isn’t it. It wasn’t around Broadway Tower was it?

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#67 Nick Dunn | SFSG | 1 Para | Surviving HELL | The Chennai Six | Podcast

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Arrested and imprisoned in India as one of the ‘Chennai Six’, Nick wasn’t just innocent of any crime, there was no crime. Stationed on an anti-piracy ship to protect vessels against Somali pirates, the six were arrested and falsely charged with intruding in Indian waters and the possession of illegal weapons. Nick lost four years of his life trapped in a legal nightmare in India, thousands of miles from home and his family, spending the bulk of his time in appalling conditions at Chennai prison with extremely limited contact to the outside world. Despite this, Nick refused to buckle and now he tells his full story of endurance and survival for the very first time.

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Chris and Nick

C – Nick how are you brother?

N – I’m good thank you very much.

C – You’ve been through a lot.

N – Yes, you could say that.

C – On the bright side you’ve got a book coming out.

N – I do yes and I’m trying to promote it at best as I can. Hopefully during lockdown people can potentially read and take something worth of value from the book, especially when I’m talking about isolation. People may say you were in a prison and I’m at home. For people with mental health problems they feel they are a prison in their own home. I want to shed light on what my isolation was like and the stuff I had available, people can then think well I’m not in a prison and look at the stuff they have at their disposal.

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#79 US Navy SEAL “Shadow Government & Satanists Run The World” | Bob Wiegand | Chris Thrall’s Podcast

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Former US Navy SEAL Robert Wiegand has a fascinating life story that brought him face to face with the Shadow Government, Committee of 300, the ET Controllers and more. He ended up working for Bush Sr. and John McCain and has travelled in some very dark circles, witnessing untold horrors along the way.

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Chris and Robert

C – Bob, how are you brother?

B – I’m doing great, thanks for letting me jump in on your podcast

C – No, no problem at all mate, your story is fascinating. It starts with the fact you were an Elite Navy Seal, which my audience are going go love. But I’m going to say you’ve also seen a life that not many people ever see.

B – I haven’t met anyone who has seen what I have seen. No one will talk or go public about it, I’m the only one.

C – It’s a pretty engrossing story as I woke up on my coach at four in the morning, I found myself watching you on YouTube and my mind internalised ‘That’s crazy, and this old body of mine finally said ” Shut your eye …

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#87 Hong Kong’s Undercover Triad Police | Detective ‘Wong’ | True Crime | Bought the T-Shirt Podcast

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Detective ‘Wong’ has spent many years, often undercover, tackling Hong Kong’s most notorious triad criminal fraternities.

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Chris and Mr Wong

C – Mr Wong, hello.

Mr W – Hello

C – How are you>

Mr W – Not too bad right now, how are you?

C – Gay Ho as we said in Hong Kong.

Mr W – Do you mind if I’m smoking?

C – Yeah it’s OK, no problem, it’s still legal on a podcast, plus nobody can see you anyway! How long were you a policeman?

Mr W – For twenty seven years whilst it was still a home country and for five years after the changeover.

C -How long were you in the Triad police?

Mr W – In the whole of my service in the CID I was involved in the investigation of the Triad …

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