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On the local beat

The first recorded reference to a local parish council was in 1894 and two years prior to this a list of parish officers was listed, featuring Rector’s Warden, People’s Warden, Overseer, Guardian and Way Warden.

It’s interesting to note that responsibility for maintaining law and order at that time was vested with the residents of the parish. By the 1900s a headquarters for the local police had been opened at Conisbrough and in 1907 a police officer was stationed at nearby Cadeby. The ‘beat’ included Cusworth, Melton and Newton Lane – all on foot patrol. Three years later the service became more efficient when the constable was provided with a bicycle. In 1927 the first village ‘bobby’ came to live in Sprotbrough.

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