Geoff Barton

Location: London, Manchester & Edinburgh
About Dr Geoff Barton...

I am a big, strong, dynamic individual, who spent 25 years working as a senior Scotland Yard detective, serving at Brixton, Walworth and West End Central Police Stations and on the Metropolitan Police Flying Squad and the Counter Terrorism Command. Being 6’6”/1.98m tall and 23 stone/135kg bodyweight, I was always first through the door and frequently injured. Recently a hospital doctor, whilst preparing a facial re-construction for me (following a collision with a 16lb/7.26kg sledgehammer) calculated that I had received more than 120 tetanus injections during my lifetime! The usual limit is five.
After my injury, I was employed as a lecturer in the Police. When I was pensioned I decided to make that my career and worked in Primary, Secondary, Further Education and Higher Education (as well as Pupil Referral Units) and, having endured several specific learning disorders, wrote books on Dyspraxia and Handedness and spoke frequently on them.
At the same time, I pursued my interest in Weightlifting and Athletics, as a coach, referee and administrator. I joined the Executive Board of the International Weightlifting Federation (I.W.F.) officiated at two Olympic Games and six Commonwealth Games, as well as travelling all over the world conducting doping tests and hosting my own TV show on Eurosport for ten years.
In recent years I have published books on Serial Killers, True Crime, Law, Medicine, Sport and some other subjects. I have a group of authors that I mentor with their writing and on getting published.

 

My Police Career
Diplomatic Protection Group and Ranger 500
I served on the newly-formed D.P.G. between 1979 and 1981. During this time, I twice invaded foreign embassies on my own authority and detained the staff at gunpoint following major incidents. On both occasions I had to share high tea with the Foreign Secretary in order to secure retrospective authority for my actions.
Most of my time on the D.P.G. was spent on Ranger 500, the first permanently-armed police vehicle in the U.K. Ranger 500 was allowed to travel all over the Metropolitan Police District to respond to armed incidents and I got to confront 500 armed men during my tenure.
Brixton Police Station
Joining shortly before the Brixton Riots, I joined the C.I.D. and was engaged in the investigation of a total of eight serial killers.
Metropolitan Police Flying Squad
I was attached to the Flying Squad to investigate Armed Robberies and became involved in the Knightsbridge Safety Deposit Box Job and the Brinks Mat Robbery
Counter Terrorist Branch
I was selected to join C13 for the Woolwich barracks Bomb and tasked with interviewing all the Generals who attended the Christmas Party on the night of the explosion. I was then the first Counter Terrorism Branch officer to arrive at the scene of the Harrods Bombing and found the boy that I sat next to at school, Noel Lane, killed by the bomb. I was given the job of removing his body to the mortuary.
West End Central Police Station
I managed the C.I.D. at West End Central, dealing with Members of the Royal Family, the British Cabinet, and a host of celebrities. I arrested at least one of each category.

About my Talks...

I am happy to travel anywhere in the world, to speak in person or via Zoom, with or without technology, for as long as you will listen. Having appeared almost daily at the Old Bailey for ten years, and having hosted my own TV show for ten years, I enjoy nothing better that responding to questions from the floor. Your guests may be as aggressive as they want in their questioning!
I have all my own equipment, including a new laptop, data projector and remote control, together with all the cables and adaptors for every situation (so far!).
I have spoken to crowds of over 1,000 people and I have not yet required a microphone!

Fee:

My fee is £150 (plus necessary transport and accommodation) for a regular hour long talk.
I charge from my nearest base, in London, Manchester or Edinburgh. Accommodation is essential when you expect me to start my talk at 7a.m. or end it at 11a.m. as some people have done.
I reserve the right to vary my fee for exceptionally large audiences or if you want to record the event for repeated use. I will also consider reducing my fee for charitable groups.

My Contact Details:
Phone:

07768 727205

"Well he would, wouldn’t he?"...... The Profumo Scandal

 

In 1961 John Profumo was the Secretary of State for War and a rising star in Harold MacMillan’s Conservative government. When initially accused of having an affair with Christine Keller, a 19 year old model, Profumo denied any involvement. The scandal rolled on for two years until Profumo resigned from the government, Prime Minister MacMillan resigned and the Conservatives lost the 1964 General Election.

Publishing and Publicising YOUR Bestselling Book

Vast numbers of people decide to write a book; few complete it and even fewer get a book published.

  • Learn how to finish your book
  • Discuss ways to get your book published
  • Consider techniques for dealing with the media
  • Successful authors need considerable knowledge, a wide range of skills and experience and great inner strength, not least of which is the strength to deal with personal criticism, much of which will certainly be unjustified

Photo: Geoff Barton with The Rt Hon. Sir Iain Duncan-Smith, M.P. for Chingford talking about the launch of Geoff’s book.

Harry and Meghan.... What Next?

Lady Diana Spencer, Sarah Ferguson and Meghan Markle…the Royal Family has found it increasingly difficult to find “suitable” young ladies to marry their young men needing wives in recent years. So what are the requirements to be a good Royal wife?

So how has it come to this position? Just what is the current situation and what does the future hold?

This talk is kept up to the minute and updated as and when necessary.

The Tottenham Outrage and Walthamstow Tram Chase

On Saturday 23 January 1909, two Russians carried out a wages snatch at the Schnurrmann Rubber factory in Tottenham. They fire six shots at the driver of the car making the delivery. This alerted the people next door, Tottenham Police, who jumped out of bed and abseiled out on the windows to give chase in their pyjamas. Having not used them for a while, they were unable to find the keys to the gun cupboard, so the PCs were issued with cutlasses instead. One thousand local residents joined the chase and four hundred of them, having served in the Army, brought their own guns with them, including three tripod based machine guns. The chase lasted six miles and four hours and over 1,000 bullets were fired. Four people were killed and twenty five shot during the chase. It’s a great story!

The London Underground Serial Killer

Kieran Patrick KELLY was the UK’s most prolific serial killer until Dr Harold Shipman took over. He admitted killing forty one people and this has been accepted as accurate by Police. I met Kelly ten minutes before he killed his final victim and spent a year living with him, getting to know him and understand him. I then investigated his crimes and secured his conviction and imprisonment until he died in prison.

Living With Serial Killers

In my career, I investigated eight serial killers, more than any other detective. Getting to know them, investigating their crimes, talking to them and to their associates, investigating their lives, I got to know them as nobody else has done, before or since.

Harry Roberts and the Shepherds Bush Massacre

Two weeks after England won the football World Cup, three miles down the road, in the shadow of the infamous Wormwood Scrubs gaol, Harry Roberts was stopped by three Scotland Yard detectives attempting to free the most infamous British spy, George Blake, who had been sentenced to 42 years for being responsible for the death of 42 spies. Roberts shot the three detectives in their eyes and killed them in front of nearly as hundred primary school children who were playing football nearby.

The Great Train Robbery and the Metropolitan Police Flying Squad

The Great Train Robbery was described as “The Crime of the Century”. The men who perpetrated the crime wrote several books and assisted others to write books and make films about them. The best detectives in the country were selected to catch them and this is shown by the fact that they were all Sergeants at the time of the robbery but all achieved the rank of Assistant Chief Constable or Detective Chief Superintendent by the time that they retired. These detectives showed their appreciation of this book by asking me to write their obituaries for The Times.

The History of the Metropolitan Police Flying Squad

Around the time of the First World War, the United Kingdom controlled roughly a quarter of the earth’s land mass and a quarter of the world’s population. Although this has diminished greatly since that time, the U.K. still values its relationship with the rest of the world and works hard to maintain the best diplomatic relations possible with each and every country in the world. Occasionally, problems arise and action is required. I have twice taken over foreign diplomatic premises in London, the only person to have done so. On each occasion I have had to justify my actions to the Foreign Secretary without delay.

Diplomatic London; the Court of St James

Around the time of the First World War, the United Kingdom controlled roughly a quarter of the earth’s land mass and a quarter of the world’s population. Although this has diminished greatly since that time, the U.K. still values its relationship with the rest of the world and works hard to maintain the best diplomatic relations possible with each and every country in the world. Occasionally, problems arise and action is required. I have twice taken over foreign diplomatic premises in London, the only person to have done so. On each occasion I have had to justify my actions to the Foreign Secretary without delay.

Breakfast is the Only Meal Regularly Served in Royal Households.....

Each member of the Royal Family can visit up to six Embassies, Institutes or Businesses for lunch, and another six for dinner. There’s Revolution Day at one embassy, a Royal Birthday at another, the anniversary of the founding of an Institute and launch of a new product by a business.

A sip of red or white white, a canape, a few polite words and a photo opportunity and on to the next. Start at 11.30a.m. and finish at 2.30p.m. A nap in the afternoon and start again at 5.30p.m. and finish at 8.30p.m.

If the wine is not quite up to standard, the glass might be just as full when the VIP leaves as when he or she arrived. It’s very simple to spit the wine back into the glass if you don’t like it. A little cough and the serviette goes to the VIP mouth and an unpleasant canape disappears into a pocket or a handbag.

The Duty Officer at West End Central Police Station is responsible for police officers ‘sweeping’ each address for bombs, checking for potential terrorists and securing convenient parking and turning up to throw up a salute, supervising the VIP entry and then moving to the next address and doing the same again and again. An occasional nod, a smile, a look, even an occasional “Good evening, Inspector” or the ultimate accolade of “Good evening Inspector Barton”. Then onto the next venue…

Drug Abuse in Sport

I am a former international weightlifter, powerlifter, shot putter and discus thrower. I am a former bodyguard to the Queen and four British Prime Ministers. The President of the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency decided to use these skills by employing me as a Doping Control Officer. Since 1981, I have been sent around the world to perform some of the most sensitive anti-doping operations and to meet with Heads of State, government ministers and sports chiefs to resolve doping problems.

The Iranian Embassy Siege

In 1979 nobody wanted to talk about the siege. Now the participants are all granddads and want to tell their grandchildren what really happened. I was on the Diplomatic Protection Group with my friend, PC Trevor Lock at the time. Whilst writing my book, I have been approached by policemen, intelligence officers and SAS sappers, even Iranian Security.

The Libyan Embassy Siege

In early 2018 I permitted my book about the Libyan Embassy Siege to be used to assist the Police Federation to instigate proceedings in the High Court for a Judicial Review of the decision made by Theresa May and Amber Rudd, not to prosecute the killer(s) of WPC Yvonne Fletcher. The government was sufficiently concerned that they introduced new legislation that prevented those bringing the case from appointing their own counsel, instructing their own counsel or even attending court for the hearing. I was on the Diplomatic Protection Group at the time.

What people say about my talks

 

‘ Mr. Barton spoke for the Chiltern American Women’s Club recently and thrilled us with his exciting life stories and encounters with The Royal Family and other notable public figures. He was lovely to work with and was very accommodating with questions from our group. We would definitely recommend him. ‘

Miranda  –  23/09/2021

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