You can only imagine what Jack Regan – the Flying Squad’s chief thief-taker in The Sweeney – would have made of this police vehicle of choice.
For in 1895 this was the Fareham superintendent’s horse and cart.
The picture comes from Dennis Meadus who says: ‘Throughout the 19th century the only form of transport belonging to the constabulary had been the horse and cart. The Reserve Man, who normally accompanied the superintendent in the course of his duties, also used the horse, when available, as a member of the mounted section. The original photo has written on it ‘‘Yours truly, George’’.
‘Only in 1925 were the Carts replaced by Ford T Model 4 cars, again used by Superintendents. At this time the mounted section was also brought to an end.’
His second picture (inset) shows an unknown sergeant outside the old Fareham police station.
It is inscribed: ‘1919, 26 years HC’. Police officers often retired having reached this length of service, triggering their pension.