Leonard Ernest Read
31 March 1925
|Occupation||Former policeman and boxing administrator|
Read served as a petty officer in the Royal Navy during the war. He joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1947. He was Detective Chief Superintendent of the Met's Murder Squad in 1967, and efforts of detectives led by him were responsible for the conviction of Ronnie and Reggie Kray.
He held various positions as a boxing administrator, most notably chairman of the British Boxing Board of Control, vice president of the World Boxing Council and vice-president of the World Boxing Association.
He has published two autobiographies with ghostwriter James Morton; Nipper (1991); and Nipper Read: The Man Who Nicked the Krays (2001).
In popular culture
- A Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch parodied Read with the character Harry "Snapper" Organs, played by Terry Jones.
- Read was portrayed by actor Christopher Eccleston in the 2015 film Legend.
- Read was portrayed by rapper Doc Brown on an episode of Drunk History.
- "City detective who helped crack case - Nottingham Post". 11 July 2014. Archived from the original on 11 July 2014.
- ‘READ, Leonard Ernest, (Nipper)’, Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press 2013 ; online edn, Dec 2013 accessed 8 Aug 2014
- "Legend (2015)" – via www.imdb.com.
- ""Drunk History: UK" Episode #1.4 (TV Episode 2015)".
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