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A description of Law and order in Victorian London

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A description of law and order in London in the Late 19th Century In the late nineteenth century law and order was a big problem and the police were a big contributor to that. The Navy were "the defenders of Britain" and they were an unpopular organisation with the government. As a result of that a man named Robert Pell set up the metropolitan Police because he decided that London was too big and had a lot of different races and cultures. This new police force took on roles and duties such as night watching, patrolling the streets and they would even crowd control. The metropolitan police would even wear the same colour as the navy, which was blue. The metropolitan police would handle things and use methods that were not too popular with the public. In the late nineteenth century especially, people were usually unhygienic, getting drunk when ever the chance came along and getting into big riots and fights. ...read more.


Why was this? This was because criminals new they could get away with it as it was not a job for the metropolitan to catch them. Even attacks on police were happening such as the one who got attacked from behind and the attacker got a year's sentence leaving the police man disabled for life. This was probably the work of a poor person because if it was a rich man, he would have gotten away with it, and poorer people were punished more. There would be no point in taking a rich person to court if you were poor because you would loose. This proves that rich people were favoured over the poor. Cases such as these were sent to court, but only serious cases. If they were petty things, people would know they would loose and would never bother. Courts had seemed to be quite a problem too. ...read more.


If a child at the age of 10 or under was sexually touched by an adult they would be arrested, but if a child over the age of 10 was sexually touched, it was known as ok. Why was it ok to sexually touch a child with an age difference of one year? This has an answer in itself and that answer is that children obviously didn't have many rites which meant children we looked down upon by adults. By the latest of the nineteenth century the metropolitan police were given training, but very little. They would base their decisions of people from what they looked like, rather on their past experiences. One of the reasons for trouble was they no scientifically help such as dusting for fingerprints. New police men were just expected to pick up the work and people were lazy for not teaching the job right and even with training they still seemed to be no good. And this is one of the biggest reasons for trouble for law and order in the late nineteenth century. ...read more.

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