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By Maurice Chittenden
On a scorching, sunny day final August, the ultimate newspaper nonetheless operating from an place of work on London’s Fleet highway known as ‘stop the clicking’ and closed its doorways for the ultimate time. 13 days later it used to be the flip of award-winning journalist Maurice Chittenden to make his excuses and depart. He was once fired from The Sunday Time after a Fleet highway occupation lasting virtually 40 years, person who observed him operating for a trio of mythical Murdoch editors: Andrew Neil, Kelvin Mackenzie and Derek Jameson.
In a rip-roaring journey via his occupation, he tells how he was once concerned (accidentally, in fact) within the first ever cell bugging of a member of the Royal family members 20 years earlier than such skulduggery used to be even inspiration attainable, helped remedy the homicide of schoolgirl Caroline Dickinson and used to be credited with bringing down a Tory government.
He arrived too overdue to save lots of his boss the embarrassment of the Hitler diaries, yet he uncovered the meant Jack the Ripper confessions and Roswell alien post-mortem movie as fakes.
He sparked a diplomatic incident while he was once thrown into detention center in Borneo over a lobster. one of many final surviving opponents within the conflict of Wapping, within which an assault on his motor vehicle resulted in a police cavalry cost and a bloody insurrection, he's the main by-lined reporter within the Sunday Times historical past with as much as seven by-lines a week.
His occupation reflected the increase and fall of Fleet road and he freely admits that his personal excesses performed an element in its downfall. The Fleet road he recollects with fondness now not exists. yet its popularity because the ‘Street of disgrace’ survives within the identify of the column in deepest Eye which afforded him the plaudit of ‘the mythical Maurice Chittenden’ in its file of his expert demise.
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