Alan Probyn

Brighton Town Hall Police Station 1937-1946

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Alan Probyn was born in 1919 and joined Brighton Police as a cadet in 1937.

The following year he became a constable and retired as Chief Superintendent in 1970.

Alan is one of only two retired Brighton police officers who served both before the second world war and during the post war period.

Alan experienced the early war years as a constable and completed his war service in the RAF. On returning to the force he experienced some notable changes.

Approaching his 96th birthday, Alan is the only person alive who can describe the layout of the police station in the Town Hall and the tasks of some of the characters who worked there in the late 1930s and 1940s.

With very few words and a quite remarkable memory Alan paints us a unique picture of a bygone era. 

Our sincere thanks to Alan Probyn

Alan kindly gave us this interview in May 2015 at the age of 95.

Audio copyright Paul Beaken

 

 

Brighton Police Station

The roles of the officers who worked there

Brighton Police Station

The parade room and pay day

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Alan Probyn' page

Petra Henderson

This page was added by Paul Beaken on 03/06/2015.