Victorian Powys for primary  schools
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Crickhowell and district
Crime and punishment
 
  Law and order in South East Breconshire  
 

Over the long years of Queen Victoria's reign attitudes to crime and the punishments given out to criminals changed considerably.

In this period of many changes, there changes too in the way criminals were detected and dealt with. The first police forces as we know them today were set up across the country. In this corner of Breconshire the forces of law must have found it difficult to keep pace with the growing industrial communities of the Clydach valley.

Some examples of these changes are shown on the following pages. Choose from the menu below.

 
Men in Blue
A first police force and a new Constabulary
 
 
The case of the stolen boiler
hard labour for a theft in Glangrwyne
 
 

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