Nipper Read

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Nipper Read
Leonard Ernest Read

(1925-03-31) 31 March 1925 (age 93)
OccupationFormer policeman and boxing administrator

Leonard Ernest "Nipper" Read, QPM (born 31 March 1925)[1] is a British former policeman and boxing administrator.[2]


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[edit]


  1. ^ "City detective who helped crack case - Nottingham Post". 11 July 2014. Archived from the original on 11 July 2014.
  2. ^ ‘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
  3. ^ "Legend (2015)" – via
  4. ^ ""Drunk History: UK" Episode #1.4 (TV Episode 2015)".