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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful miscellany of police related history and facts, 19 Feb. 2000
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I was involved in checking the entries for this book and know the contents well. I have recently worked through it again and am really taken by the photographs - the almost Victorian like classroom in the Police orphanage, the famous WPC chasing the naked urchins by the Serpentine, the cartoon of "John Bull" kicking the Home Secretary down the steps of the Home Office, and so on. My favourite story is about Irene Savidge, a prostitute, who was caught with a customer Sir Leo Money in Hyde Park. Sir Leo was acquitted and there was an enormous fuss and great attacks on the police because the establishment closed ranks and pilloried the individual officers. BUT several years later Sir Leo was caught attacking a respectable woman on a train, and convicted and fined. Which all goes to show that justice catches up with all of us in the end!
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Initial post: 17 Oct 2009 16:15:39 BDT
Junius says:
Although this is an excellent book, I would disagree with the entry about PC Atkins; which states that he was the only policeman (after 1846) to be killed by an unknown assailant until the late 20th century. PC James Kelly was shot dead on Gunnersbury Lane in 1921 by an unknown man (an error also seen in The Independent in 1996).
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