David Wilson was born in Manchester in 1964, the youngest of three children, and lived in Manchester with his parents – now both retired head teachers – until the age of nineteen.
In the early 1980s, he moved to London and joined the Metropolitan Police, working in the inner-city areas of south-east London as a detective until 1990, when he transferred back to the Greater Manchester Police. Once again, he worked in the inner city, covering the Salford and Moss Side areas of Manchester.
During his police career, he worked as a plain-clothes Crime Squad officer and a detective in the CID. In the latter part he specialised in public order duties, firearms and terrorist crime scene search techniques, before retiring from the force. He was awarded several commendations for bravery and dedication to police duty.
After retirement, he worked as a self-employed private investigator, has written articles for online music publications and has interviewed some of the most famous rock acts, including Peter Hook from Joy Division/New Order and Jean-Jacques Burnel of The Stranglers.
An avid Manchester United fan, David also plays golf and listens to music from the Sex Pistols to Les Misérables. His favourite bands include The Stranglers and Coldplay.
He now resides in Manchester with his wife and two young