British legal History
By Don Hale
Published by Coast & Country at Smashwords
Copyright 2010 Don Hale. ISBN No 978-1-907163-36-4
British Legal History By Don Hale
THE FIELDING BROTHERS & THE SUCCESS OF THE FAMOUS BOW STREET RUNNERS
This is part of a fascinating new series of exclusive legal history features following the birth of Law and Order, Parish Constables and Watchmen from 1663, and the development of specific law officers.
HENRY Fielding and his blind half-brother John are credited with the formation and development of the country’s first effective police system in 1748.
Shortly after establishing himself as the Chief Magistrate for London and Middlesex, Henry became saddened and disillusioned with the state of English law and set about introducing a series of controversial and radical measures to help restore law and order in crime-ridden London.
These included forming the famous Bow Street Runners, an elite unit of between eight and twelve former Parish Constables, who were experienced thief takers, employed on a reward basis to catch and prosecute dangerous criminals.
Working directly under the Fieldings’ supervision, the Runners helped to break up some of London’s most notorious gangs, who had terrorised the city for decades, and then launched an ingenious scheme to deter highway robbers.