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Crime and punishment within the West Finish: Museum to open in police station


ondon’s latest museum will open subsequent yr inside an historic court docket and police station, telling the story of crime and punishment within the West Finish over greater than 100 years.

Bow Road Police Museum is a part of a redevelopment scheme which has seen the grade II-listed station and magistrates court docket constructing remodeled right into a luxurious lodge.

The museum will discover the launch of the Bow Road Runners – the primary organised police power – and have a look at among the well-known trials held within the historic court docket which closed its doorways in 2006.

Among the many reveals would be the unique dock from Courtroom quantity two, a cutlass wielded by a Bow Road Runner in addition to extra trendy tools comparable to truncheons and notebooks utilized by the fashionable day officers who labored out of the station till its closure in 1992.

Curator Jen Kavanagh stated: “We hope that when guests stroll by way of the doorways of the museum they are going to have an actual sense of the historical past of Bow Road and the individuals who have handed by way of these doorways earlier than them. Now we have labored particularly intently with officers who served at Bow Road and, because of this, the museum is wealthy with recollections of life at a singular place in a particular a part of city.”


Ronnie and Reggie Kray are among the many well-known names to seem within the dock at Bow Road Magistrates Courtroom 

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Among the many excessive profile instances heard by the court docket have been IRA terror instances and the proposed extradition of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, whereas well-known names from Dr Crippen to Oscar Wilde and the Kray Twins all got here up earlier than the court docket at completely different instances.

Tim Workman, who was the final serving Chief Justice of the Peace at Bow Road, stated: “It was the big selection that made Bow Road Courtroom so fascinating. From drunks in Covent Backyard to mass murderers needed by their house nation showing earlier than you in court docket, you by no means knew what to anticipate.”

Guests may also be invited to spend time in ‘the tank’, the big cell that was usually the vacation spot for males arrested for drunken behaviour in public.

The museum, which can open early subsequent yr, sits within the newly-developed NoMad London Lodge, whose homeowners will initially help the museum which can ultimately develop into a self-sufficient impartial charity.

Museum supervisor Vicki Pipe stated: “There isn’t any doubt that it is a difficult time to be launching a model new museum.

“The security of workers and guests must be our key precedence, and whereas we proceed to work optimistically in the direction of opening our doorways in early 2021, there, is after all, uncertainty about precisely when this is likely to be.

“We’re, nonetheless, vastly impressed by the unbelievable work of museums across the nation this yr to shortly adapt extra conventional practices of engagement, and even attain new audiences, by bringing a lot of their occasions and actions on-line.

“We hope to have the ability to match their creativity, and use this second as a chance to attach audiences with our tales in ways in which we might not in any other case have thought-about.”

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