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I Fought The Law: Bombed Out!, Rex Makin and Merseyside Police in the 1980s.

I Fought The Law: Bombed Out!, Rex Makin and Merseyside Police in the 1980s.

Above Photo: A Punk being arrested in London in 1977.

He mightn’t look like it, but Rex Makin is the Liverpool legal establishment’s equivalent of Jane Fonda, in that if you mention his name to former (or serving) police officers, they display a violent reaction and foam at the mouth, in much the same way as Vietnam War Vets choke on their breakfast at any mention of Jane Fonda.

Liverpool Comedian Ken Dodd (who also gets an oblique reference in bombed Out! to do with law enforcement) stands with Solicitor, E Rex Makin, on the right.

Liverpool Comedian Ken Dodd (who also gets an oblique reference in Bombed Out! to do with law enforcement) stands with Solicitor, Rex Makin, on the right.

But to my mind, his law firm were the best criminal lawyers in Liverpool in the 1980s – they probably still are, and I’d be immediately on the phone to them if I ever needed criminal law help in the UK. I’d say that’s unlikely, but I said that the last time too, and look what happened.

Makin's old office up an atmospherically dingy alley. I think they've since moved.

Makin’s old offices up an atmospherically cobbled alley in Liverpool city centre.

Readers of my 1970s-1980s Punk and New Wave memoir, Bombed Out! will know that I used Makin’s law firm when I had some of my own legal problems back then – namely being wrongfully arrested and fitted up for a pathetically trivial offence by Merseyside Police.

Dale Street Magistrates Court in Liverpool City Centre, where I worked in court for the Probation Service for a time in 1982.

Dale Street Magistrates Court in Liverpool City Centre, where I worked in court for the Probation Service for a time in 1982.

I’d seen Rex in court when I’d worked in Liverpool City magistrates’ Court after my punk and new wave band career was over, and I’d admired the way he and his senior lawyers performed to devastating effect, especially by frightening lazy, perjuring, complacently criminal Merseyside police officers in the witness box.

So I didn’t give it a second thought when I needed a law firm to help me in my own case. I was straight on the phone to them, getting a great Makins lawyer to represent us, who’s name regrettably escapes me in the absence of all my papers, as he deserves a mention.

Oriel Road Magistrates Court in Bootle, Liverpool, scene of our infamous but trifling courtroom appearance.

Oriel Road Magistrates Court in Bootle, Liverpool, scene of our infamous but trifling courtroom appearance.

Funnily enough, although I didn’t know it at the time, Makin had already established himself as a “go-to” Liverpool ‘band’ lawyer, when he’d acted for Brian Epstein, the manager of the Beatles in the 1960s.

The same scene 100 years earlier.

The same scene 100 years earlier (Inacityliving, Facebook).

I won’t ruin the book by explaining how important this stupid court case was in the context of events described in Bombed Out! but those who have read the book will know what I’m talking about.

And also why I’m a big fan of Makin and Co.

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The Scene of the (alleged) Crime - The Back Field, Crosby, Liverpool in the 1980s (now known as Rimrose Valley Country Park).

The Scene of the (alleged) Crime – The Back Field, Crosby, Liverpool in the 1980s (now known as Rimrose Valley Country Park).

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