I found peace of mind after 41 years of alcohol and drug use and abuse
I first saw John Tyce, or Long John as I likes to call him, in the dock at
Chelmsford Magistrates Court when it was held in the Shire Hall and he
looked pretty messed up, homeless and hopeless.
I got to know John when I was covering the courts daily for the Essex
Chronicle and we used to chat in between his spells behind bars and ASBO
I soon realised that behind his bravado was a really decent fella, if only
he could renounce the demon drink and devilish drugs.
He became a regular visitor to the court and latterly Chelmsford Crown Court
after repeatedly calling Chelmsford Police Station in New Street threatening
to kill a Chief Inspector while under the influence - I thought he's life
would end in tears as it did for many who appeared time and again in front
of the beak.
When I heard a rumour that John had given up drink and drugs back in 2008 I
did not believe it.
So I made contact and discovered that he was in his right mind, he had
totally reformed and got involved with Alcoholics Anonymous, taking friends
to meetings and was on a mission to save the lost, as he once was.
I love his favourite saying - "When you come off drink and drugs you become
the person you were meant to be."
What took you so long, John!
Cap'n Roger Highseas
Published: 2 July 2014
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