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The Story of Albert Hattersley, Britain's Most Notorious Peterman
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Albert Hattersley was Britain's most infamous 'peterman', the criminal term for a safeblower. His expertise with explosives and his fearless audacity put him at the top of his chosen trade and made him a priority target of the Regional Crime Squads for many years.

From dragging safes off bombsites in the centre of Sheffield and practising blowing them open in woods near his home, Hattersley went on to commit some of the biggest and most outrageous burglaries in the country. He became so revered by his counterparts that the top London gangs came calling, and in the 1950s he went to work for the UK's most powerful crime boss, Billy Hill. Associating with the likes of Bruce Reynolds, the mastermind behind the Great Train Robbery, George 'Taters' Chatham and Peter 'the Gentleman Thief' Scott, he plundered some of the most 'unbreachable' safes in London.

Hattersley was eventually arrested for a Post Office job and was incarcerated in Leicester Jail. True to form, he meticulously planned his escape, despite facing the highest walls of any prison in Britain. He was eventually captured after a nationwide hunt. During another jail term, he planned and almost executed the escape of a high-profile fellow prisoner, never realising that his mysterious friend was in fact a top German spy.

Hattersley's exploits became so legendary that on two occasions the Security Services approached him to steal top-secret information on their behalf. A shadowy, elusive and intensely private person, he was for decades the subject of police attention, yet no one ever came close to knowing the truth of his criminal enterprise. Now, at ninety years old, he has decided to share his remarkable story.

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Paperback Editions

July 2012 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Safecracker
Author(s): Michael Fowler, Giles Brearley
ISBN: 1-907636-49-8 / 978-1-907636-49-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Verite CM Ltd
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Kindle Editions

November 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Safecracker
Author(s): Giles Brearley, Michael Fowler
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July 2012 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Safecracker: The Story of Albert Hattersley, Britain's Most Notorious Peterman
Author(s): Michael Fowler, Giles Brearley
Publisher: Milo Books Ltd
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