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Cole, Henry Alfred [Harry] (1930–2008), police constable and author, was born on 12 July 1930 at 48A Lower Road, Rotherhithe, Bermondsey, London, the son of Henry Alfred Cole, furrier, and his wife, Emma Elizabeth, née Shipgood. Born and raised in south London, he left school during the Second World War when he was fourteen and became in turn a cricket-bat maker, soldier, and stonemason. On 20 September 1952 he married ...

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Fabian, Robert Honey (1901–1978), police officer and broadcaster, was born at 25A Malyons Road, Ladywell, Lewisham, London, on 31 January 1901, the second of two sons of Andrew Pinwill Fabian (1868–1953), steam engine maker's fitter, and his wife, Ada Eliza, née Taggart (1870/71–1963)...

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Harvey, Daniel Whittle (1786–1863), politician, newspaper proprietor, and police administrator, was born on 10 June 1786 in Witham, Essex, the son of Matthew Barnard Harvey of Witham, a merchant and banker, and his wife, a daughter of Major John Whittle of Feering House, Kelveden, Essex...

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Kempster, John (1836–1916), police journalist and temperance campaigner, was born in Congleton, Cheshire, on 3 April 1836, the son of John Joseph James Kempster, a minister in the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Captain Joseph Westbeech RN.

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McLevy, James (1793/4?–1873), police officer and author, was born near Markethill in the parish (whether Roman Catholic or civil is not clear) of Ballymacnab, co. Armagh, the son of John McLevy, weaver, and his wife, Catherine Dourie. McLevy remained true to his Catholic faith, which helped to define his approach to crime and detection throughout his police career in ...