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Describe law and order in London in the late nineteenth centaury.

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Question 1: Describe law and order in London in the late nineteenth centaury. Law order in the centaury was only a part of London's problems. London main problem was it self and it was mainly the Whitechapel area due to it being a dark and stingy place, especially at night where prostitution happened theft. Street fights and many more. Arthur Morrison sums up the area of Whitechapel of being "an evil plexus of slums that hide human creeping things, where filthy men and women live on penn'orths of gin, where collars and clean shirts are decencies unknown, where every citizen wears a black eye and none ever combs his hair". London also had the problem of protest groups (such as the chartists, the laddits, and anti cam law league) this was a growing problem because most protests ended up in bloody riots. Every time this happened the army was caused out but sometimes it was too late. The late 19th centaury also had a huge range of development of the police. The development of the police went through up's and down but gradually got there. ...read more.


Even though the police force had come along away there were still a lot of limitations. One of the most was the Londoners were still not sure of them also they got bad nick names. Also with the police force there officers were brutally assaulted or stabbed. A good example of what I said above is the politically riot in 1883 were a man stabbed a police officer to death and then was found not guilty because the judge felt that 500 peelers were too much. Eventually though the Londoners began to realise that the police weren't there for the protection of the upper class and not spies but where there to help and protect and help out the people of London. After the criminals realised that they couldn't do much they moved out and did there under hand work else where. The public approval there improved dramatically an awful lot. London again had changed dramatically during the 19th centaury regarding the judicial system but some elements remain the same. One of the areas which did not change greatly was the British system of trials and the role of the justice of the peace. ...read more.


Capital punishment was basically the death penalty so if you received one it would either be a public execution or behind close doors. Public was then banned in 1868 this was because too many people either fainted or fought it was terrible so they decided to it behind closed door. Once the penal system had adjusted to the new reforms and prisons where improving by the day. The most common punishment was now prison because they thought it would be better then just letting them go. To conclude law and order in the late 19th centaury was still growing up even though you had the development of the police force which included the night watchmen, CID, national criminals' records and the special branch. They still had there limitations but that wasn't there only problem: they had the penal and judicial system to get right. Overall London started out as a dark dingy place and though out the late 19th centaury but as people got used to the police force an respected them law and order was regained and it carted out the criminals who then had to there under hand work else where. After all law and order in the 19th centaury had improved dramatically and it made London a better place to live and work. ...read more.

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