Coventry author, who wrote book about his bankrobber dad, and former detective to feature at 'Crime and Wine' event - The Coventry Observer

Coventry author, who wrote book about his bankrobber dad, and former detective to feature at 'Crime and Wine' event

Coventry Editorial 21st Mar, 2023 Updated: 21st Mar, 2023   0

THE SON of a gangster who wrote a book about his dad’s criminal exploits will be joined by a police detective for a true crime book event in Coventry this weekend.

Jason Wilson from Coventry released ‘The Old Man and Me’ last February which told the story of his dad Tony Spencer who, also from the city, was a bank robber, counterfeiter and international drug smuggler.

At the ‘Wine and Crime’ event – at 7pm on Saturday, March 25, at Earlsdon Library – Jason will be joined by retired Regional Crime Squad detective John Sedgley.

The pair will be discussing Tony’s criminal career where he spent decades thwarting the efforts of several police operations and teams of undercover officers.

They will also talk about the ‘cat and mouse’ games which occur between criminals and police units and what drives both detectives and criminals to engage in these interactions.

Some of them included officers, similar to the role undertaken by Det Midgeley who was a member of Derbyshire’s Regional Crime Squad.

Regional Crime Squad detective John Sedgley. s

Jason and John met at Crimecon in central London – billed as the ultimate true crime festival.

John and wife Sally Midgley, also an ex-police officer and barrister, were there promoting their True Crime Investigators UK podcast series which sees them investigating cold cases of murder and organised crime.

Sally will chair Saturday’s event which will also raise much-needed funds for Coventry Library – Jason has set a target of £1,000.

John and Sally are currently completing their four-part podcast based on The Old Man and Me book. The pair have spoken to a number of people and the series will feature ex-police officers, barristers, and associates who pursued, represented or worked with Jason’s father.

Tickets for Wine and Crime, which are £10, are available in advance from Earlsdon Library in person or by calling 02476 786970.

Some will be available on the door on the night.



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