Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!==History== ===Career=== Leonard Ernest Read was born in Nottingham in 1925 into a Methodist family. He had two older sisters and a younger brother; however, on the death of his mother in 1929, the children were split up as their father could not cope with raising them, and so they were sent to live with various relatives until such time as Read Snr was in a position to reunite the family. Academically bright, Leonard Read excelled at school and was also keen on sports, particularly boxing, which, alongside policing, would remain his great love. After joining the Grundy Boxing Club, he won his first medal in 1937 and it was around this time that, owing to his small stature and quick reflexes, Read acquired the nickname by which he would become subsequently known to many – ‘Nipper’. [[File:Read3.jpg|thumb|left|247px]]Despite success at school, Read had to leave full-time education at fourteen, for, despite passing the entrance exams, his father could not afford the books he would have needed to attend Nottingham High School; and so the young ‘Nipper’ got a job working for Player’s in a wholesale tobacconist’s warehouse, feeding tobacco leaves into a great machine that would shred them to make them suitable for cigarette production. It was hardly an auspicious start for the future Assistant Chief Constable of the Nottinghamshire Constabulary. With the inevitable disruption of the Second World War, Read, aged only eighteen, joined the Navy and served for three years before being demobbed in 1946. It was whilst in the Navy, where he reached the rank of Petty Officer and achieved a varied number of sporting accolades, that he began to seriously think about his future. Read joined the Metropolitan Police in February 1947; his original intention had been to join the Nottinghamshire Constabulary, however, with their minimum height requirement of six feet at that time, Read was too short, and so the Met, with its height restriction being four inches less than that of Nottinghamshire, was the next best thing. After passing his training, he was posted to North West London’s D-division, which encompassed Regent’s Park, Camden, Marylebone and Paddington and, from thereon, ‘Nipper’ Read’s rise through the ranks of the Metropolitan Police was a steady one. During his time on D-division, Read showed himself to be a resourceful officer who was soon chosen to work in plain-clothes; he would also use disguises as part of his method of gathering intelligence and assisting in arrests. [[File:Murdersquad.jpg|thumb|328x328px|Following the successful prosecution, the Met Police's investigation team posed for a picture to celebrate the end of the Krays' domination of the London underworld. Pictured third right in the front row is Leonard 'Nipper' Read, Detective Chief Superintendent of the murder squad who led the investigation against the Krays.]] A move to the CID was a logical step, and Read applied, joining in 1948. He was initially reassigned to St John’s Wood, a generally affluent district of North West London not far from his old D-division stomping grounds. After transferring to Harlesden, and then back to Paddington, Read found himself back in St John’s Wood when he was promoted Detective Sergeant in 1958. More moves followed a promotion to first-class Sergeant, first to Chelsea and then back to Paddington before his promotion to Detective Inspector in 1964, at the age of 39, which saw Leonard ‘Nipper’ Read get his first taste of [[The East End]] at Commercial Street. Summary: Please note that all contributions to the The Kray Twins Wiki are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://thekraytwins.fandom.com/wiki/Nipper_Read"