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Forty Years Catching Smugglers

Criminology
4.8 out of 5 Average rating

Being able to pick and choose activities and either attend at the specified time or watch a recording later suits me perfectly.

Susan
, reviewed on 10 Oct 2022

Entertaining and instructive presentations by knowledgeable speakers.

Margaret
, reviewed on 18 Nov 2022
  • DURATION 60 mins
  • CAN I WATCH LATER? Yes! Sign-up and we'll email you a recording
  • HOW TO ATTEND Attendance is live via Zoom
4.8 out of 5 Average rating

Being able to pick and choose activities and either attend at the specified time or watch a recording later suits me perfectly.

Susan
, reviewed on 10 Oct 2022

Entertaining and instructive presentations by knowledgeable speakers.

Margaret
, reviewed on 18 Nov 2022

Event Description

The opening talk from Malcolm Nelson introduces the audience to the mysteries of just how Customs Officers catch smugglers. Interesting, bizarre, often hilarious, and sometimes sad, but never never dull.

  • Duration: 60 mins
  • Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (a recording will be available)
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Meet the Host, Malcolm Nelson

Malcolm Nelson worked for 40 years for HM Customs and Excise. He worked on every aspect of catching smugglers. He was mainly based at Heathrow but he also spent time at London Port, Dover, St Petersburg (Russia), Malta, and at most major airports throughout the EU.

He is credited with the largest quantity of drugs by weight ever found in a single suitcase. Forty two kilos of compressed herbal cannabis concealed inside plantains that had been scooped out and sewn back together again. Then left to rot.

As a senior manager he led the first Customs and Excise Division to attain the Cabinet Office Charter Mark accreditation for service delivery. Very difficult in a law enforcement working environment.

Since retirement in 2005 he has developed his speaking activity and now delivers in excess of 80 talks a year to clubs and societies throughout the south of England, and speaks on 4 or 5 cruises each year.

His main programme of talks is entitled "40 years of catching smugglers". In this series of talks he uses his experience to give his audience an insight into just how Customs Officers catch smugglers. However he also gives talks on the history of smuggling, historical events in Australia and the Russian revolution. His talks are invariably informative and his unique style of delivery make them both entertaining and, where appropriate, extremely amusing.

He is an accomplished speaker having been trained in Advanced Presentational Skills. He is a member of the British Society of Criminologists and he is accredited by the Australian Tourist Board as an "Aussie Specialist".

His first book "Forty Years Catching Smugglers" was published in 2011 and his second "The Pursuit of the Two Legged Drug Mule" was published in March 2017.

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