‘Rogues gallery’ goes on-line.

BATH NEWSEUM

Embezzlement, theft, burglary, pickpocketing and begging: all these crimes and more are to be found in the records of Bath prisoners whose portraits have just been put online by Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Record Office.

This ‘rogues gallery’ of photographs was created by Bath Police between 1892 and 1922 to help them recognize known criminals and repeat-offenders in our city. Other details are given such as offenders’ age and physical appearance.

So in 1911 we find “Oliver Love: medium build, dark brown hair and moustache, successively convicted of stealing ducks & fowl; a pair of boots; an overcoat; a fowl (again); and finally an umbrella.” For each of these crimes he was sentenced to several months hard labour in prison.

Fraudsters and confidence-tricksters were also at large in Bath society until brought to book and their ‘mug-shots’ added to Police files. In 1894 Frank Albert Smith was charged…

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