Leicester Oral History Archive
Speaker: Crimes and Punishment, - , Interviewee, ,
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Summary of interview item: Crime and Punishment. Compilation of interview extracts recalling crime and punishment in Leicestershire during the first half of the 20th century. A contrast with the present day of the incidence and types of crime experienced in the past. Recollections of petty criminal acts, scrumping and illegal gambling. Descriptions of poaching and a notorious gang of confidence tricksters in Leicester. The experiences of a policeman in Leicester from 1928 are described. Fights in the poorer districts of Leicester are recalled along with fights in public houses. Prostitution, especially during the Second World War is described and the rise in crime caused by the blackout during the war. Further descriptions of police work in Leicester in the first half of the 20th century, details of the courts and prisons and penal system. Contributors to the compilation are: Mrs Taylor, Mrs Bailey, Mr Shelvey, Mr Stacey, Mrs Everitt, Mrs Rudkin, Mr Hadley, Mr Hunt, Mr Joiner.
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Location: County: Leicestershire
Periods Covered: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 1/1/1989
Playing time: 60 mins
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: EMOHA
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