Stainland’s Bobby

About 70 years ago a Stainland man, digging in his Bowling Green allotment, struck his spade against something metallic. He bent down to see his ‘find’ and discovered it to be a silver button. On the front of the button, around the official crown, were the words Stainland Police. There was some puzzlement because no one could remember a Stainland constabulary. Appealing for further information it came to light that a P.C. George Sweeting covered the Stainland district until the late 1870s. Described as a very high burly man P.C. Sweeting admirably dealt with the ruffians and crooks of Stainland until one fracas caused injuries that led to his medical retirement from the police (2s 4d pension per day).

PC Sweeting