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LANDMARK: Peel Street's bobbies on wheels.

INSPECTION days demanded a lot from the local constabulary. Everything - vehicles, dogs, horses, equipment and, of course, the police officers themselves - had to be spick and span.

In the top picture the mobile section gets a good looking over in 1962 from Sir Charles Martin, Inspector of Constabulary, accompanied by Chief Constable D Bradley and Insp N Woodcock, the man in charge of the mobile section. It is likely the two men being inspected are Eric Wellard (between the bikes) and John W Sykes. Helmets and police bikes have changed considerably in style since then. The middle picture shows the 1950 annual inspection - again the mobile section - on parade at St Paul's Street Drill Hall. This was just a year before Insp John Braithwaite (right) who was then in charge of the section, retired after 27 years with Huddersfield Borough Police.

Insp Braithwaite was a member of the fire brigade when it was a police department. The fire depot was in the same block as the Peel Street police headquarters.

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* RETIRING: Insp John Braithwaite who was in charge of the mobile section until 1951 (TmcHUD290609-KE04867) ATTENTION: Borough Police annual inspections at Peel Street (above) and St Paul's Street Drill Hall (below) (TmcHUD290609-KE16723 and TmcHUD290609-KE03012)
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 14, 2009
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