Posted on 25th October 2019

A retired bobby has seen the fruits of his labour finally come into being thanks to the support of volunteers at the Museum of Policing in Cheshire.

Paul Carter was a member of the former police which was amalgamated with Lancashire Constabulary in 1969 with Warrington later becoming part of Cheshire in 1974. He retired from Cheshire Constabulary in 1994.

Whilst working as a serving officer, he developed a passion for the history of what was once Warrington borough policing where he cut his teeth as a young bobby.

Now 75-years-old and long-time retired, his lifetimes work looked like it might never be published when he became seriously ill, but his former colleague and museum volunteer, Will Brown, was determined to see his work in print and helped him to put together the book and ensure it was published.


Paul had well documented the life and tribulations of policing in the old borough which existed between 1847 and 1969, before it merged with Lancashire Constabulary.

Will Brown, retired police officer and museum stalwart, said:

“It’s a fascinating read which highlights the gallantry and courage of our colleagues over 122 years of the policing borough’s existence.

“Paul’s well-documented insight into policing in a small borough police force is well worth a read with wonderful anecdotes and fascinating insights into intriguing cases from the past.

”I’d urge anyone with an interest in policing and its history to buy ‘Borough Bobbies’, which you can purchase from our museum.”

To celebrate the achievement an official book launch took place at the Cheshire Museum of Policing based at Arpley Street in Warrington on Friday 18 October. In attendance to acknowledge the dedication author Paul Carter has shown, were Cheshire chief constable Darren Martland and Cheshire police and crime commissioner David Keane.

Following the launch, Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner David Keane said:

“I was honoured to meet Paul and hear about how he has turned his passion for policing into a book full of tales from his days with Warrington Borough Police. It was fascinating to hear how the world of policing has changed over the years. I’m sure this collection of stories will inspire serving police officers and those with aspirations to join to Cheshire Constabulary.”

Chief constable Darren Martland added:

“It is wonderful to see how passionate officers old and new are about policing. Policing is very much a vocation and is in your blood, even when you’re retired. Reading about the days before fingerprint readers, tablets and tasers is captivating. It is heartening to see Paul and the volunteers are keeping the history of policing alive so that others can understand how it used to be done, and maybe take something away from it.”

The book is available to order from the museum shop based at County Police Office, Arpley Street, Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 1LQ, next to Warrington Bank Quay railway station.