Brian’s first brush with the law came in 1967 when a uniformed officer chastised him for throwing stones into the branches of Wolverhampton's last surviving conker tree. The encounter with what transpired to be an off-duty ambulance man on an ego trip, was sufficiently traumatic to divert him from the life of crime in which many of his peers later excelled.
In a bid to regain his good name, Brian joined the police in 1980 and rose steadily through the ranks of uniform and CID despite his preference for tea over whisky. He never touched a conker again.
As the illegitimate son of an Indian tea merchant, tea has always been an important part of Brian's life. He has the dubious distinction of being one of the few people to have annoyed psychopathic tea-drinking East End gangster Ronnie Kray to the point of being told to 'Foxtrot Oscar' (police jargon) and lived to tell the tale.
He was also once offered (and unusually declined) a cuppa by Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe whilst interviewing him at Broadmoor Hospital for the Criminally Insane. (Brian is at pains to stress that was a visitor).
Aftera brief interlude ruminating the possibility of becoming Rumpole of the Bailey, Brian obtained a law degree but thankfully (for his potential clients), Brian decided to remain with the police. After climbing the greasy pole of promotion, and in the pursuit of further self-fulfillment he added MBA to his academic alphabet.
At a ceremony at Windsor Castle in 2008, Brian Langston was invested by Her Majesty with the Queen's Police Medal for (unspecified) services to the community thus completing his collection of post-nominals with a half-decent Scrabble score.
For many years Brian was the police commander for East Berkshire and spent many happy hours managing operations against serious crime, public disorder and terrorism (occasionally from a helicopter) whilst dreaming of being a writer.
As one of the few ethnic minority senior police officers in the UK, Brian became a role model and a champion for diversity. He pioneered many initiatives to unlock hidden potential including this one with Olympic Champion Kriss Akabusi MBE, aimed at getting young blonde females to feel less awkward in crowds. It was a partial success. Kriss however went on to fame and fortune after the programme.
Brian's command responsibilities included tactical firearms, civil emergencies, critical incidents and Royalty and diplomatic protection. He is shown here receiving a favourable reponse from central government after bidding for additional resources for the Berkshire hamlet of Slough.
After retiring from the police, Brian became the managing director of a leadership and coaching consultancy delivering keynote speeches and leadership development training to clients all over the world. He soon became a sought-after public speaker with a unique talent for blending humour, passion and writing his own introductions.
The jet-set lifestyle however soon became tiresome and Brian shunned the corporate world and the formica hotels to pursue his eclectic interests for antiques, history and the paranormal. He now writes on the subjects of true crime, unexplained mysteries and the occult.
He can still occasionally be found haunting the flea markets of Southern France buying old tat and attempting to pass it off as antique.
He has inexplicably persuaded two otherwise discerning professionals to publish his written works 'True Ghosts and Ghouls of Windsor & Eton' and 'London Murder Stories' were both released into the wild in 2016.
His long-suffering wife Jenny actually did all the hard research work whilst also managing to find the time to furnish him with the copious cups of tea to which he became accustomed during their 37 years of alleged marital bliss. Sadly Jenny herself became a ghost on the very day his first book was published.