A North Walsham journalist and broadcaster has almost completed his first crime thriller.

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Alan Thompson, a former BBC newsreader, says it was a challenge he could not resist.

Isle of Dogs tells the story of a police case that was never officially closed. A shooting at a London night club could hold the key to unlocking the mystery of a hostess who met an untimely end.

Mr Thompson said that the Crime Writers’ Association had been very supportive and there had been a recommendation for film rights for television.

He added: “Before we run away with the idea of making a TV film, the story has to be published and this is being discussed at present.”

He stressed that the story had not been influenced by the BBC’s New Tricks series. “The original idea for this story goes back 30 years, when it was being discussed as a radio drama for commercial radio.

“The idea was shelved due to heavy commitments I had on two independent radio stations. I thought that a book would be far more effective. The genesis has to be in reality and I have been able to develop the characters, many of them based on people I have met or worked with.”

Time as a newspaper reporter almost 40 years ago had stood him in good stead as part of the story took place in a fictional magistrates’ court, he added.

“In the 1970s I had to do county court reporting as part of a regular job and over the years I have heard almost every excuse for bad behaviour and motoring offences and I’m sure the magistrates had as well.

“There is some humour in the story and a love tangle with one young rookie cop who has to ask himself whether he is strong enough to resist a girl he works with while he is still married to a successful but temperamental senior advertising executive.”

Mr Thompson has recently undertaken a series of radio programmes one of which was broadcast on BBC Radio Norfolk and elsewhere in the country, on Glam-Rock king Marc Bolan from ‘70s rock band T Rex.

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