Hinckley Police Station 1843

The first Police Station along Stockwell Head in Hinckley

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Station House at Lutterworth, same design as Hinckley.

1843 A house and a strong room were built in Stockwell Head by the county magistrates due to complaints by Frederick Goodyer (the county's first Chief Constable) about the state of the parish lock-ups. During the same year similar buildings were built at Lutterworth, Melton Mowbray and Bottesford.

The architect was William Parsons of Leicester who was then the county surveyor. The cost of the house and strong room came to a cost of £600.

During March 1848 Hinckley abandoned its own parochial Police system. Within the Police Station the Superintendent would be the only person to have had residence in the building. Assigned to the Police Station there would be one Sergeant and three Constables.

2nd July 1860 Mr J. S. Crosland (magistrate) submitted some plans at the Leicestershire Midsummer Sessions (held at Leicester Castle) for the enlarging and improvement of the Hinckley Police Station. The existing building had become inadequate for the district, not having a place for the stamping of weights and measures, also no stable or gig-house. There was also a need for extra accommodation as there was only one small bedroom to accommodate a man, his wife and four children.

The plans were approved by the Secretary of the State, with the cost of £287 12s which included the purchase of the land.

1876 further alterations were being made, a new Police court had been built for magistrates, which it was believed to be more convenient to hold the county courts in than the St. George's Hall that had been previously used. The judge wanted removal to the new building to occur early in the coming year.

1900 Three colliers from Nuneaton were fined for using bad language in Hinckley. They were each fined 10 shillings. A Hinckley shoe hand was fined two shillings and six pence for using a catapult.

30th August 1910 At Hinckley Police Court, an 11-year-old boy, was charged with stealing two shillings from a girl, who was sent by her grandmother to the Lower Bond Street Co-op store. The little girl told the Magistrates that the boy pushed her down injuring her elbow after taking the money from her hand. The boy pleaded guilty, and his guardian asked the bench to give him another chance, and that a thrashing would do him good. The chairman of the bench said the boy ought to be whipped and if his guardian would give him a good thrashing before he was taken home they would then be satisfied. His guardian said: 'I don’t care who gives it to him.' The bench ordered that the boy should receive six strokes of the birch.

12th April 1913 A case was heard at Hinckley Police Court. It involved a cyclist, James Moore, a collier, of Hinckley, who was chased by PC Flavell for riding his bicycle without lights. The policeman saw the defendant riding along Watling Street, and gave chase. He caught up with him, and when Moore saw that he was 'beat' he pulled up. He was discharged on payment of six shillings cost. No reason was given for discharging him.

13th October 1920 a local driver, from Orchard Street, Hinckley was summoned for driving a motor car in a manner dangerous to the public. PC Waite said he saw the defendant driving his motor car at 25mph. He stopped him and asked him what his estimated speed was. The defendant replied 'Not much more than 20mph.' He was fined £1 with four shillings cost.

1937 Hinckley Police had a new purpose built Police Station on the junction of Upper Bond Street, Lower Bond Street and Hollycroft Road.

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Original police building (left/top), Police Station with addition adjoining c.1860 (right/bottom)