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Describe late 19th Century Law and Order Thick green smog hung in the air and filth ran in the streets. 19th century London was not a nice place to live. Crime was on the up with burglaries, drunkenness and assault being just some of the crimes committed. Women got a rough deal. There was no work available to them so many women turned to prostitution and alcoholism. Surprisingly enough, however, the percentages of violent deaths was very low, with around 15 murders, and 50 cases of manslaughter a year. The London police force has been active since 1829, when uniformed officers patrolled the streets. Named after their founder, Sir Robert Peel, "bobbies" tried to keep order in the streets of London. They carried 15" truncheons and whistles. ...read more.


Violent muggings were not uncommon. Gangs of three men would wait for their victims before stunning them and half strangling them. This form of attack is known as garrotting. In the area of Whitechapel, prostitutes were frequently mugged for their night's earnings this way. Larceny was also widespread. Criminals would frequently break into people's houses and steal their belongings, resulting in many people having locks fitted on their doors. Many people were also pick pocketed, mainly due to the crowded and busy streets, and coupled with the fact that many people were unsuspecting; the poor had many victims to choose from and find what they could. Demonstrations also required a lot of policing. Two of the most famously violent protests were "black Monday" (8th February 1866) and "bloody Sunday." ...read more.


People rushed along Pall Mall smashing windows as they went. Only one man was killed in the riot. A high percentage of crime in London was mainly due to the incompetence of the police force. They were distrusted by the general public and were seen as un-English. This is very apparent in the fact it took nearly thirty years for the government to be persuaded to provide every town and city in the UK with their own police force. Crime was also abundant due to the murky conditions of the streets. Perpetrators could easily slip away into the fog without risk of ever being caught and it was very difficult for victims of crime to ever identify the criminal. ?? ?? ?? ?? Amie Derricott Mr Roberts Candidate number: 0231 "Jack the ripper" Page 1 of 2 ...read more.

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