Geoff Barton

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

I am a retired senior Scotland Yard Detective, with experience of managing some of the largest terrorist and firearms incidents in London and investigating serial killers, murders and armed robberies. During my career I have arrested a member of the British Cabinet, a Four Star British General and also a member of the British Royal Family. On two occasions I have used squads of armed officers to take over Foreign Embassies in London and I’ve been involved in upwards of 250 gun battles with armed criminals.
Life is much calmer these days but I thoroughly enjoy a trip down memory Lane recounting some of these dramatic and oft times dangerous encounters.

About my Talks...

Each talk lasts 45 minutes and is supported with a Powerpoint presentation. I provide my own state-of-the-art laptop and data projector. I am always happy to answer questions after the talk.

Fee:

My fee is £100.00 plus 32p per mile travel expenses.  I have three bases and so I am happy to cover a distance of 50 miles from each of these bases –  London Euston; Manchester Piccadilly or Edinburgh Waverley Stations.

My Contact Details:
Phone:

07768 727205

Diana and Sarah: Making out.....

Public Speaker in London, Manchester and Scotland presents his talk Diana and Sarah: Making Out....

Today the relationship that everyone is talking about is that of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle…. and on the whole, it is pretty tame stuff. Not so thirty five years ago when it was Diana Spencer and Sarah Ferguson who were the two darlings of the aristocracy. Following Diana, Princess of Wales everywhere she went, the media found it very easy to persuade the public that Prince Charles was the only man in London who didn’t fancy his beautiful, charming wife – and Diana soon realised that she could get anything she wanted with a shy smile or a timid glance from under the lashes of those big blue eyes. Sarah, Duchess of York on the other hand, lacked an aristocratic upbringing or the art of coyness, shyness and diffidence that gave Diana such an edge when it came to manipulating the public. While Diana beguiled and got what she wanted, Sarah (nicknamed Fergie by the press) bullied and got nowhere. This brash, bold, blustering behaviour led the unfortunate Duchess to become the only person to get four wheelclamps affixed to her car! This incident and other astonishing stories show the two young Royal wives as they stumbled through the 1980’s leaving a bemused public wondering which one of them would make the headlines the following morning.

Kate and Meghan: Fitting in....

Public Speaker in Greater London Geoff Barton presents his new talk Kate and Meghan: Fitting In.

The Royal Family is known as ‘The Firm’ and has rules and traditions to deal with every situation.

Kate Middleton came from a wealthy, middle class, British family, who ‘knew their place’. Kate has fitted in well at Buckingham Palace.

Meghan Markle came from a working class, mixed-race American family. Her parents were separated and her brother runs a cannabis farm. Megan has had to fight for everything that she has and she is continuing to fight now. The first half of 2019 saw fresh stories on an almost daily basis of her conflicts with the Queen and Kate and reports that Meghan and Harry may move to the USA.

The Tottenham Outrage and Walthamstow Tram Chase

Public Speaker in London, Manchester and Scotland, Dr Geoff Barton talks about The Tottenham Outrage and the 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

Public Speaker in London, Manchester and Edinburgh,  Dr Geoff Barton talks about Kieran Patrick Kelly - The London Underground 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

Public Speaker Dr Geoff Barton talks about 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

Public Speaker in London, Manchester and Scotland, Dr Geoff Barton talks about 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

Public Speaker in London, Manchester and Scotland  Dr Geoff Barton talks about  '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

Public Speaker in London, Manchester and Scotland, Dr Geoff Barton talks about The History of the Metropolitan Police Flying Squad.jpg

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

Public Speaker in London, Manchester & Scotland, Dr Geoff Barton talks about "Breakfast is the only meal regularly served in Royal Households".

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.....

Public Speaker in London, Manchester and Edinburgh Scotland,  Dr Geoff Barton talks about the Royal Family and their duties in his talk "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

Public Speaker in London, Manchester and Scotland, Dr Geoff Barton talks about 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

Public Speaker in London, Manchester and Scotland, Dr Geoff Barton talks about 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

Public Speaker in London, Manchester and Scotland, Dr Geoff Barton talks about 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.

Geoff Barton Contact Details:
Phone:

07768 727205