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AnswerJonathan Wild (1682-1725). He was eventually hanged at Tyburn.
(a) a haircut which was popular in the 1950s;
(b) an electronic tracking device used by sheep farmers; or
(c) a reprimand by a police officer?
Answer(c) Reputedly in the early-mid 20th century police officers would sometimes assault young offenders by hitting them around the head ‘up a dark alley’. The term is now used metaphorically, mainly with regard to youngsters.
(b) two; or
Answer(b), exceptionally (a) where matters are reserved to ‘a single justice’. Also, a district judge (magistrates’ court can sit alone) but he or she is not an ‘ordinary magistrate’, so (a) is the correct answer. The term ‘lay magistrate' is now discouraged by the Ministry of Justice.
(a) arguing the toss in public;
(b) bleeding from a knife wound; or
(c) a form of distraction burglary in which the victim is asked to fill a bottle or can with water for a passer-by.
Answer(a) Historically, it was a form of public debate-cum-entertainment in taverns and the like, often engaged in by lawyers and would-be politicians.
(b) 1739; or
Answer(b) and Bow Street court closed its doors in 2007.
True or false?
AnswerFalse – It was an attempt to blow up the Prime Minister and Cabinet, in 1820
(c) 1361; or
Answer(c) The Justices of the Peace Act 1361, parts of which remain in force.
(a) Joseph Rowntree;
(b) John Cadbury;
(c) Elizabeth Fry;
(d) Stephen Fry;
(e) the makers of Frys Balsam?
Answer(c) Elizabeth Fry in 1817
(a) Trafalgar Square;
(b) Marble Arch;
(c) Sherwood Forest;
(d) The New Forest.
Answer(b) Close to Marble Arch as it now is.
(c) £25; or
Answer(b) £15 (as of 2009)
(a) Lord Sidmouth;
(b) Winston Churchill;
(c) Kenneth Baker;
(d) James Callaghan.
Answer(b) Winston Churchill in 1910.
(a) near The Mall;
(b) outside the Libyan Embassy?;
(c) off Trafalgar Square;
(d) in Regents Park; or
(e) outside Scotland Yard.
Answer(a) just off the Mall, as campaigned for by the film director Michael Winner
(a) the first women governor of an Holloway Prison;
(b) a murder victim; or
(c) the last women to suffer capital punishment before Ruth Ellis?
Answer(b) Fanny Adams, a girl of eight years, was murdered by a solicitor’s clerk ain 1812 at Alton, Hampshire - giving rise the term ‘sweet Fanny Adams’ (or ‘sweet FA’ for short).
(a) one selling domestic utensils under licence;
(b) one set up by way of a fraudulent deception with the intention of fleeing once monies have been received; or
(c) Ned Kellys milliner?
(a) Alfred the Great;
(b) Richard III;
(c) James I.
Answer(c) James I in 1604, entitled ‘Demonologie’.
(a) John Howard;
(b) Michael Howard;
(c) Frankie Howard;
(d) Howard Hughes.
Answer(b) Michael Howard MP when Home Secretary in the early 1990s.
(a) flown over a prison when a sentence of capital punishment had been carried out;
(b) the traditional symbol of Islam;
(c) used by pirates, especially in the West Indies;
(d) the name of an American Punk Rock band of the 1970s;
(e) a pennant used by insurgents and revolutionaries from time to time?
AnswerAll of these are correct. As to (c), the Black Flag was often an alternative to the Jolly Roger.
(a) the Act of Allegiance 1289;
(b) Oaths Act 1978;
(c) Oaths Act 2009.
Answer(b) The other two do not exist.
(a) John Thomas;
(b) John Murray; or
(c) John Lee.
Answer(C) John Lee at Exeter Prison in 1885. He was also known as ‘John Babbacombe Lee’. His sentence was commuted to one of life imprisonment and after his release he disappeared after emigrating to the New World. One explanation is that the boards softened in inclement weather so as to spread when stood upon, making springing the trap with someone stood on it impossible. There are other rare instances from around the world, including in 2009 in the USA when after three attempts to find a vein for a lethal injection the execution was abandoned.
(a) the Home Office;
(b) Special Branch;
(c) the Metropolitan Police Service;
(d) Indian Police Service.
Answer(c) under Commissioner Edward Henry around 1900.
(a) Dudley and Peters;
(b) Lichfield and Dudley;
(c) Dudley and Moore; or
(d) Dudley and Stevens.
Answer(d) After being sentenced to death there was a public outcry and the sentences on Dudley and Stevens were commuted to six months apiece.
(a) a brand name;
(b) originally the acronym for Target And Stop Every Robber;
(c) the name of its inventor.
(a) three strikes and youre out;
(b) two strikes, etc.; or
(c) one strike, etc.
Answer(b) or possibly (c). Explanation: (a) is the USA version under which imprisonment follows automatically for a third (listed) offence. (b) represents English law; (c) represents the zero tolerance approach of some law enforcement agencies who prosecute the first-time someone is caught rather than consider a caution or other forms of diversion from prosecution.