`Ray Mallon was the hard-nosed cop who pioneered a successful zero tolerance policy in Middlesbrough. Lauded by the media and feted by politicians, he was ignominiously suspended from duty by the chief of Cleveland police amidst allegations of misconduct. Unwilling to lie down and accept his punishment, Mallon begins a campaign to clear his name. Suddenly, his attention is caught by another prize. Middlesbrough is about to pick its first democratically elected mayor. It is the chance for Mallon to resurrect his career and gain revenge on the local government officials he feels ruined his reputation.' [BBCi webpage].
Having resigned from the police in February 2003, admitting disciplinary charges in order to fight in the mayorial election, Mr Mallon was duly elected to the post in May 2003.