FREELANCE JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR
Today there are more than 4,000 miles of navigable inland waterways in the United Kingdom. This includes canals, non-tidal rivers, tidal rivers, large lakes, deep lakes, lochs and estuaries. Half of this distance and numbering almost two hundred distinct stretches could be considered canals, either purpose-built or canalised rivers. Travelling the canal network in the United Kingdom is tantamount to stepping into a living museum. Note this museum gives access to 2,700 listed structures, fifty scheduled monuments, and five UNESCO world heritage sites standing alongside the tow path.
Over the last 250 years the canals have seen plenty of crime. Robbery, theft, assault, smuggling, child cruelty, manslaughter and murder have made the headlines over the years. This book looks at the stories behind the crime, the locations both then and today, the investigations, the trial and, where applicable, the sentence.