But again: That’s not the point. The point of Harwell’s report was that the investigation found that the workers at the facility were often earning less than China’s minimum wage in some parts of the country, which is a more important metric. Additionally, the average manufacturing employee in China earned twice what employees at G III were making.
Behind the Battle of Heathrow where cops cracked gold bullion gang in spectacular debut success for The SweeneyIt was one of the first major successes of the new formed Flying Squad, when a criminal gang who planned to drug security guards in raid were foiledThe Battle of Heathrow officers Mickey Dowse, Bob Acott, Donald MacMillian, Allan (Jock) Brodie, George Draper and John Franklyn gave the robbers an old fashioned hiding (Image: Pen Sword Books Ltd)Get daily updates directly to your inboxSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribing!Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailAs he drove through the night towards Staines police station, perspiration beaded on the forehead of Donald Fish.This was not purely due to the humid weather in July 1948; he was a worried man and justifiably so.The former Scotland Yard detective was the head of the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) security at the newly opened London (Heathrow) Airport.Whilst the airport was operational, security was far from satisfactory; the only repository for the bullion and other valuables which were flown into the United Kingdom was nothing more than a corrugated iron converted aircraft hanger.Gangland villain jailed for Essex Boys murders vows to clear name insisting: “I will never give up”Heathrow was fast becoming renowned as a centre point for every petty and often not so petty criminal in the country, at a time of severe post war austerity when every saleable commodity required the production of ration coupons to legitimately acquire it.The inside man The second problem confronting Fish was far more pressing. Anthony Walsh, a warehouseman, had informed him that he had been approached by a notorious criminal who wanted his assistance to rob the custodians of the warehouse of a quantity of gold bullion, of which the arrival from South America was imminent.Walsh would be paid for his cooperation.Everything that Walsh had told him checked out and now Fish was losing no time getting to the local police station to impart the information to his friend, Divisional Detective Inspector Roberts of the Metropolitan Police’s ‘T’ Division.Roberts listened intently to Fish’s story and quickly realized that with the calibre and number of the criminals concerned, his limited resources would be insufficient to deal with such a sophisticated gang.He reached for his telephone and asked to be connected to Scotland Yard’s elite crime busting unit, the Flying Squad.Just one month previously the Squad had been detached from C1 Department, which hosted a number of different units, including the Murder Squad, and was given its own identity, C8 Department.With its new designation came a new leader, Detective Superintendent Bill Chapman, who was nicknamed ‘The Cherub’ because his smiling red face was framed with a halo of prematurely white hair.Were the Kray Twins the champion boxers they claimed? Exposing the myth Reggie and Ronnie created about their prowess in the ringHe arrived at just the right time. The Sunday Empire News had reported on 18 July 1948, ‘The Flying Squad can’t fly’ and on behalf of the Squad men, the newspaper bemoaned the fact that vehicles were still being delivered to the Squad too slowly.Under Chapman’s guidance the fleet started to improve:the Squad was expanded to 80 officers, 27 cars, 3 taxis and 4 vans.Chapman handed operational control of the plan to thwart the robbers to his second in command, Detective Chief Inspector Bob ‘Mr Memory’ Lee so called, because he possessed a phenomenal recollection for the faces, habits and associates of many of London’s top villains.The name of the criminal who had approached Walsh was one well known to Lee Alfred Roome (also known as ‘Big Alfie’ and ‘The Ilford Kid’) had gathered a formidable criminal record during his forty two years.Lee then checked those of Roome’s associates who possessed similarly impressive criminal pedigrees; firstly Edward William Hughes, who had carried out a robbery with Billy Hill and another man in July 1942.Convicted, Hughes had pleaded a weak heart, which precluded the flogging he so richly deserved, and was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment..