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 Rectorâ€™s Warden, Peopleâ€™s Warden, Overseer, Guardian and Way Warden.
Itâ€™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 â€˜beatâ€™ included Cusworth, Melton and Newton Lane â€“ 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 â€˜bobbyâ€™ came to live in Sprotbrough.
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