John Barrell: The Bow Street Runners, 7 June 2012
Show More The First English Detectives: The Bow Street Runners and the Policing of London, 1750-1840 by J.M. Beattie.
Oxford, 272 pp., £65, February 2012, 978 0 19 969516 4Show More
“... of vagrants and prostitutes, they could do that simply by chivvying them into the next parish. As J.M. Beattie points out in this superb book, neither night-watchmen nor constables were expected to investigate crimes. The runners were different: they were, he claims, ‘the first English detectives’. The Fieldings wanted sharp-eyed, intelligent men who ...”