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Arresting top IRA terrorist after SAS raid, being blown up and losing colleagues: Troubles experiences of ex-RUC inspector who’s now diving instructor in Bali

Ex-RUC inspector William Clegg's book on harrowing experiences in fight against terrorism

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Respected: ex-RUC Inspector William Clegg

Respected: ex-RUC Inspector William Clegg

Stephen Hamilton

Respected: ex-RUC Inspector William Clegg

The rookie scuba diver panicking deep in the clear blue seas off Bali could never guess that the instructor coming to help them had, in a previous life, been blown up, picked up the body parts of murdered colleagues and arrested a top IRA terrorist.

But retired RUC inspector William Clegg says that surviving harrowing experiences during his 30-year policing career during the Troubles guarantees he always stays calm with his students no matter what situation arises underwater. “I don’t get fazed,” he says.

That isn’t to say he is man at peace with the past. Though he’s a great talker and the gripping recollections spill forth — some dark, others heroic, many spliced with typical copper’s black humour — beneath the surface lies a troubled soul. But we shall come to that.


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