Littlechild’s Retirement

Posted: December 13, 2009 in Chief Inspector John George Littlechild
The Retirement Of Chief Inspector John Littlechild
from the detective service will be regretted not only by his colleagues but by the public generally. In this country the detective is hampered in comparison with his Continental confrere. The means that the latter often employs would but lead to censure from the English detective’s superiors, and he is often crippled by an insufficient allowance for expenses necessarily incurred in tracking criminals well supplied with money. Inspector Littlechild, who, in spite of these drawbacks, has achieved many successes, received his training from the late Chief Constable Williamson. He has shown special skill in tracing long firm and bogus bank swindlers, and he arrested Benson and Kerr, the famous Turf swindlers. Since the formation of the Criminal Investigation Department he has been mainly occupied with offences of a semi-political character, which have included the arrest of Irish M.P.s for breaches of the Crimes Act, and the tracking of dynamitards. In all the great dynamite trials his name has frequently appeared, and he is a great authority on explosives. He is only forty-eight, but the wear and tear of his duties have necessitated retirement.
Source: The Penny Illustrated Paper and Illustrated Times, Saturday May 6, 1893, Page 277, Issue 1666

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