8th May, 2021

Former police detectives write new book about 'secret Worcestershire'

Harry Leach 23rd Aug, 2018

TWO former police detectives with more than 70 years worth of experience between them, have collaborated on a new book called ‘Top Secret Worcestershire’.

Bromsgrove authour Michael Layton has put together a collection of war tales with co-authour Stephen Burrows.

According to the pair, the book is about the “deep beautiful Worcestershire countryside,” and “the number of secret places that played a special part in protecting people during the Second World War.”

It reveals how the development of radar in Worcestershire played a crucial part in winning the war.

Travellers passing through leafy Worcestershire lanes may catch a glimpse of a structure that seems out of place against the backdrop of fields and hills – the dish of a gigantic radio telescope.

How did such an incongruous structure arrive in the middle of nowhere and what does it do?

The book answers this question and goes even deeper into the dramatic history of secret Worcestershire.

Mr Layton said: “It’s both a very human story, detailing the ultimate sacrifices many people made, as well as providing technical details accompanied by dozens of images which have not been seen by the public before.”

Top Secret Worcestershire by Stephen Burrows & Michael Layton is available from www.brewinbooks.com and costs £14.95

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