26 Jan 2024 | 7pm | Rausing Building
£12 (to include a glass of wine or soft drink)
Further to his recent sell-out lecture on the Silk Road, Jonathan Tucker is delighted to invite you to a further talk, the subject this time being his experiences serving in the Hong Kong Police during the turbulent years of the 1980s.
He uses images, video clips, personal anecdotes and a wealth of media and historical sources to paint a picture of Hong Kong during the height of the colonial era, to recall some of the most infamous crimes of that time and to look at how they were solved.
Please Note : Some of the video footage contains scenes of armed robberies and drug use.
About Jonathan Tucker
After university and a brief spell as a Royal Air Force pilot he joined the Royal Hong Kong Police as a probationary inspector in 1982, arriving as a young and rather naïve 23 year old. He grew to love the place, warts and all, and stayed for five years, working in uniform for a few months followed by a succession of plain-clothes roles in several of Hong Kong’s ‘hot-spots’. He worked in ‘vice’ (investigating offences against woman and juveniles), CID posts in various parts of Kowloon and ran the Kowloon regional special duties squad investigating medium level narcotics cases. Some of the incidents that occurred during his time there are described in his novel ‘Reclamation Street’ and in this lecture.
He has written five books including three on the Silk Road, a biography of the notorious Vicar of Stiffkey and ‘Reclamation Street’, a fact-based novel based on his experiences in the Hong Kong police during the 1980s.
He now lives locally and is a volunteer and trustee at Malmesbury’s Athelstan Museum.
ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE ATHELSTAN MUSEUM, MALMESBURY
1. Shanghai Street, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 1984 (photo by Keith Macgregor)
2. The Chinese gangster Yip Kai-foon (died 2017)