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2nd Jul, 2022

Former town JP's new book on crime and punishment in Bromsgrove from 1890 to 1910 to raise funds for the Primrose Hospice

A TOWN man who worked has a Justice of the Peace (JP) for more than 30 years has written a book entitled ‘Bromsgrove – Crime and Punishment 1890 to 1910’.

Bryan Maybee was also the chair of the bench at Bromsgrove Magistrates Court when it finally closed in the 1990s.

Cases happening or affecting the district have since been heard at Redditch and Kidderminster, along with Worcester Crown Court for the more serious hearings.

As Bromsgrove was closing, the records from the court were going to be destroyed but Bryan saved them.

He said: “The book has come about after some talks I used to give – until Covid got in the way.

“They were always well-received so I thought I would turn what I spoke about into a short book and raise some funds for a very deserving cause at the same time.”

He used the court records to produce the publication which is on sale for £3 with all proceeds going to the Primrose Hospice.

“At the time of the cases, Bromsgrove was a market town, full of nailers and the book gives an authentic account of examples of what went on both crime-wise and the punishments that were handed out for those misdemeanours.”

People can buy Bryan’s book at Townsend’s Textiles, Birmingham Road, Bromsgrove.

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