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1881: Cuckfield Police pass rigorous inspection

Updated: Dec 4, 2023

Mid Sussex Times - Wednesday 28 September 1881


Inspection of the Constabulary.

—On Friday last the annual Government inspection of the E division of police in this district took place under Capt. Elgee, that gentleman having previously visited various other districts for the same purpose.

Major Luxford, Chief Constable of East Sussex, attended on this occasion. The Inspector made a minute examination of the police station in Church street, the office, books, and appurtenances under the care of Mr. Superintendent Avery (whose first inspection it was, he having only recently succeeded the late Superintendent, Mr. Pocock), and expressed his entire satisfaction and approval; also of the constables’ uniforms, handcuffs, staves, etc., which were equally well looked after.

'Peelers' - formerly the Cuckfield Police Station c 1900

After Capt. Elgee had inquired whether anyone had any complaint to make, and being informed in the negative, he took his departure.

Supt. Avery is to be complimented upon the manner he conducts everything under his new management. The muster included the Superintendent, Sergeants Holden and Smith, and thirteen constables: one absent on duty, and one required to fill up the full number total 18.



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