#131 Undercover Cop Exposes UK Gang Truth | Neil Woods | Bought The T-Shirt

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One of the UK’s most notorious undercover cops exposes the truth about UK gang culture and the battle he faced in the aftermath.

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Chris and Neil

C – Hi everyone, glad you could join us for this episode with Neil Woods, as he has a fantastic story as one of the most successful undercover policeman this country has had. I’m privileged to know two former undercover police detectives, one of which has had to overcome some huge issues with trauma. I also had Peter Blexley on the show who speaks very, very highly of Neil being one of the countries leading detectives. So thank you on behalf of the podcast Neil, shall we go back to when you first joined to police force, which I’ve just been reading about.

N – Yeah if you’d like. I joined the police in 1989. The reason I did that, seeing as I didn’t have a boyhood ambition to join the police force. I wasn’t one of these people that always wanted to do it. I went to university by mistake, why I ever thought I was going to enjoy a business studies course, I’ve no idea! So I dropped out of that and considered what to do next, one of which was to backpack around Europe because a few friends had done that and it sounded adventurous. Then I saw an advert for the police in the newspaper and unable to make my mind up I flipped a coin. So I was literally flippant about my career choice. Then when I got into the police force I did feel that sense of duty, that I had to do a good job, but I was crap at it! I was no good at all, I almost lost my job several times in the first couple of years …

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