If he managed Collyhurst and Miles Platting solo, he was a bigger presence then than GMP can manage now.Meet PS Alf 'Scarface' Foster, Manchester City Police:
Born in 1895, he served with the Grenadier Guards during the Great War and joined Manchester City Police on July 27, 1921 at the age of 25.
He is said to have struck fear into the villains of Collyhurst and Miles Platting with his formidable stature - weighing in at 20 stones – and imposing presence. He was known locally as Scarface due to a deep wound across his left cheek.
He is said to have mastered the art of bringing down a fleeing miscreant with a well-aimed throw of his sergeants' stick. Such was his reputation that parents would only have threaten an unruly child with a visit from Scarface and order was soon restored!
He retired from the force in November 1946 having dedicated his life to serving the public in the uniform of a soldier and than a police officer.