Persistent Criminality in Crewe 1880–1940

Barry S. Godfrey, David J. Cox and Stephen D. Farrall

in Criminal Lives

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780199217205
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191696046 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

Persistent Criminality in Crewe 1880–1940

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This chapter describes 101 prolific offenders in Crewe between 1880 and 1940, all of whom were brought into the courts partly because of their own behaviour, but also because of the changing focus of the police and the prosecution process in this period. It outlines the nature of crime in Crewe during the period and introduces some of the people encountered in the remaining chapters. It outlines the broad contours of our sample of persistent offenders, what they did, who they did it to and how well they knew one another. Even amongst the relatively small percentage of persistent offenders in Crewe there were often more differences than similarities, both in the individuals and in types of crime committed.

Keywords: persistent offenders; police; crime; Crewe

Chapter.  11730 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Criminal Law

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