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I AM a retired Lincolnshire Police officer who served for 30 years at Lincoln, Boston (twice), Mablethorpe and Spilsby, between 1974 to 2004.

Whilst stationed at Mablethorpe in the capacity of Community Police Officer I wrote a column for the Mablethorpe and Sutton edition of your paper, entitled ‘Gough Drops’ which combined police events in the area, recent crime and a light hearted look at what the local police were doing in years gone by.

Over the last 20-plus years I have amassed a wealth of research and as a result have written four books concerning policing in the county from the 13th century until the 1930s.

The books may be of interest to your readers who have an interest in genealogy as they contain names of village constables and the people they came into contact with between the above dates, or have just a general interest in police history.

Volumes three and four cover the early period of the Lincolnshire Constabulary, formed in 1857 under the leadership of its first chief constable, Captain Philip Blundell Bicknell, and contain the names of many of the early police officers.

Between them, the latter two books contain 279 photographs.

The books can be found on a website and cost nothing to view, except patience and a good shot of strong, black coffee!

The website can be found at: http://police-history-lincoln