An award-winning journalist and published author has retraced his family history for his latest book.
Don’s relative was James Wood who became the youngest superintendent in the history of Manchester City Police.
He served the force from 1890 and 1914 during which time he worked with Jerome Caminada whom many people believe Arthur Conan Doyle based his fictional characters on.
Mr Wood later became the first royal detective.
Don told holdthefrontpage: “It contains a wealth of information about his life at that time. I started it about four years ago.
“I wrote it originally as a very short book for my family members.
“Then one of my relatives died just over two years ago and left me his (Wood’s) diaries and police note books with cuttings from cases he had worked on.
“When I got the chance I went to the police museum in Manchester.
“He was the very first royal bodyguard to the Prince of Wales.
“Queen Victoria died in 1901 and there were a lot of threats against the monarchy. He carried a silver pistol and was respected by members of the royal family.”
During Don’s career he has been editor of the Matlock Mercury and, until December, North Wales Living magazine before it was closed down.
He has also been received various industry awards and was given the OBE for his services to campaigning journalism.