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Vol 24 No 10 Oct/Nov 2019

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Bow Street Beak


ISBN13: 9781909976368
Published: October 2016
Publisher: Waterside Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback (Hardback in 2000)
Price: £19.95
Hardback edition out of print, ISBN13 9781872328898



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From the cases of Michael Fagan and other Buckingham Palace intruders to those of West End pickpockets, over-zealous preachers, 'saucy' prostitutes and cockroaches in the kitchens of one of London's most prestigious clubs, Bow Street Beak is a roller-coaster ride through the judicial career of stipendiary magistrate Ronald Bartle at the iconic Bow Street Magistrates' Court.It takes a candid look at the often tragic world of the criminal offender but with the kind of humour that stems from pricking the skin of normally rigid, formal and sometimes daunting institutions. From the eccentric behaviour of court 'regulars' to the ordeal of the clang of the cell door and steps to the dock for the businessmen and others whose careers are at an end from momentary lapses, the book is an acutely observed social record of legal, criminal and everyday London life. At a time when Bow Street court no longer exists and there are questions about the building's future, Bow Street Beak is a record of a fine heritage and a life in the law well spent.Thoroughly entertaining. By one of the UK's best-known stipendiary magistrates (now district judges).Contains reflections on the nature and purpose of the criminal law and sentencing. Features cases that made the headlines. A study in human nature. From famous cases to London low life.

'Her Majesty was interested to read your reminiscences, and has directed that the copy be held in the library at Windsor'- Chief Correspondence Officer, Buckingham Palace