The hidden attractions of Brighton and Hove

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Sussex Life

Councillor Pat Drake established the Old Police Cells Museum in the basement of Brighton Town Hall in 2005, when she was Mayor of the city. I am very proud of the museum now, says Pat. We will be expanding even further this year. The museum commemorates the remarkable history of Sussex Police and includes police uniforms and equipment, graffiti left by mods and rockers and (apparently) the ghost of Chief Constable Henry Solomon, who was brutally murdered in 1844 by one of his charges, John Lawrence, in the station.

Brighton Police had a lot of firsts, so the history is fascinating says Pat. Thankfully, Henry Solomon remains the first and only Chief Constable to have met such a grisly fate in his own station but rather more happily, on September 14th 1933 Brighton became the first police force in the world to issue radios to patrols: the project was a resounding success.

This page was added by Paul Beaken on 25/07/2013.

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