In a recent interview, Tom Douglas talks about his life, his background, and his family, although he is very cagey about his love life! What we do know, however, is where he lives now - in a lovely old Edwardian semi detached house in South Manchester. So let's hear what Tom has to tell us about the life we only catch a glimpse of.
Tell us a bit about growing up in Manchester, Tom. What’s your family background?
I grew up in the north of Manchester, in a small industrial town and we lived in three-bedroomed terraced house. I don’t suppose my parents had much money, but they never made us feel that we were either rich or poor. We seemed to have enough, and that was all that mattered. I attended the local comprehensive school until I was eighteen, and then went to Manchester University.
You say ‘us’ in that sentence. Tell me a bit about your siblings.
I have – or rather had – one brother, Jack. He was a few years older than me, and a genius. He had his own computer company by the time he was in his late teens, and his business went from strength to strength. Jack and I got on okay – I was a bit in awe of his brain, to be honest. Sadly he was killed in a freak accident while out in his speedboat in the Adriatic Sea a few years ago.
I’m sorry to hear that. You often speak about your daughter Lucy; do the things that you see in your work in the police make you worry more about her?
They do, I’m afraid. Not long ago I had to deal with a particularly difficult case involving a girl of around Lucy’s age, and it struck me – as it always does – how vulnerable children are. It’s not just to the menace we can see, but the menace that’s hiding. The fear of physical attack obviously worries me – as it does every parent. But I know what goes on in some homes, and I have to try not to be over-protective in how Lucy chooses her friends because although I don’t want her exposed to some of the harsher realities of life, I know that I can’t protect her forever.
As I understand you’re divorced, so you must be quite a catch for some young lady. Is there anybody on the scene at the moment?
Am I allowed to smile at that question? I’m afraid my answer has to be ‘no comment’.