“13 yards off the big gate and 37 yards up the West Walls”: Crime scene investigation in mid-nineteenth century Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Rutherford, Helen and Sandford-Couch, Clare (2019) “13 yards off the big gate and 37 yards up the West Walls”: Crime scene investigation in mid-nineteenth century Newcastle-upon-Tyne. In: Crime and the Construction of Forensic Objectivity from 1850. Palgrave Histories of Policing, Punishment and Justice . Palgrave. ISBN 9783030288365 (In Press)

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Abstract

The chapter explores the role of the uniformed police in crime detection in connection with a murder case in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1863. The care and skill demonstrated in the police handling of the crime scene runs counter to the popular perception of constables as unskilled men whose chief function was crime prevention rather than investigation. Research into nineteenth-century policing has often focused on London, but the actions of the Newcastle police in this case indicate a level of sophistication in policing and a methodical, almost scientific, approach to crime scene analysis that has perhaps not previously been appreciated.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Victorian policing, crime scene investigation, uniformed police, murder, Newcastle upon Tyne
Subjects: M900 Other in Law
V300 History by topic
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
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Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2019 11:41
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 13:58
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/40491

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