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There is already talk of a Heartbeat style TV or film adaptation of his dramatic and colourful tale, when safe blowing reached its peak between post war and the 1980s.
"You have a lot of spare time in the nick. I once counted the number of birds I've had and how many safes I've cracked. It got to about the same, 48 and 40. I couldn't say which was which,'' laughed three times married Albert, who has five children and six grandkids
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It would have made the public unsympathetic to their cause.
Albert's own infamous exploits made him one of The Regional Crime Squad's top targets and he was sentenced to 24 years.
He escaped from jail twice and once broke into Wakefield Prison on a dry run to plot the 1,000 escape of a fellow prisoner who, only during research for the book, was discovered to be none other than Nazi propaganda broadcaster Lord Haw Haw.
mean a safe or a prison cell. The word is believed to derive from saltpetre, a component of gunpowder and it's also associated with the old French word pter, meaning to crack or explode.
Like cat burglar Peter Scott he saw himself more of a 'gentleman thief'. He didn't gamble everything was meticulously planned. He turned down the chance to be part of the 1963 Great London Train Robbery with Bruce Reynolds, because too many people were involved. He feared their secret would get out. It did.
A hint of a Libya link at the time tarnished the union, which denied claims and accused the Government of fuelling a smear campaign.
my life the same again. I would say it isn't worth it.
Albert claims that police asked him to raid a safe in a bid to find evidence linking Libyan funding of the NUM, during the 1984 miners strike. He refused to betray his former colleagues.
He explained: " I first used explosives down the pit. You didn't have to smuggle it out. There were no checks. It wouldn't go off without a detonator. I had a bakery and I used to burn it to get rid of it.
Recovering from a heart attack and a slight stroke, he says he wanted to set the record straight "warts and all' in a book researched and written by retired South Yorkshire Police CID inspector Mick Fowler and historian Giles Brearley.
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"I bought old safes from Sheffield bomb sites for 50, took them up Greno wood and practised opening them.
"I wouldn't talk to the Krays. They were terrible people you wouldn't dare upset. I don't like gratuitous violence."
The daring escape failed after plans leaked to the Governor. But patriotic Albert says he wouldn't have got involved if he had know who he was helping.
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far from a picture of innocence.
POLICE asked Albert Hattersely to blow a safe for them in a failed bid to find proof of alleged Libya funding of the National Union of Mineworkers during the 1984 pit strike, the book claims.
And for over four decades he became revered as the best in the business, cracking scores of safes to steal over 100,000 well over 1 million today and he blew it on "birds, cars and booze'', he admits.
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Sheffield's Albert Hattersely had a blast as Britain's most wanted man
"I guess I took 100,000 over 1 million today. It's gone on birds, cars and booze. I've had boats, motorbikes. I've thrown money away. Years ago I bloody gave it away.
SAFECRACKER is an explosive new biography which blows the lid on a Sheffield man dynamite life of crime claiming even the police sounded him out for a NUM raid during the 1984 pit strike, as he confessed to Graham Walker.
The safecracker, or so called Peterman, was known only as 'Yorkie' as he worked for some of Nike Aeroloft Jacket Mens Britain's most powerful post war crime bosses like Billy Hill.
He associated with notorious Eastcastle Street robber George 'Taters' Chatham, rubbed shoulders with infamous gangsters 'Mad' Frankie Fraser and even the Krays, though he admits to a fearful dislike for the violent twins.
POLICE ASKED ME TO BLOW NUM SAFE, CLAIMS ALBERT
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