Trailblazing Harry Daley was the first openly gay copper in the Met

His dad was from Bermondsey and he finished his career as a policeman with a nine-year stint in Wandsworth. But Harry Daley, whose autobiography was published posthumously, was anything but an ordinary bobbie. He was a true pioneer – the first openly gay officer in the force. Here historian STEPHEN BOURNE tells the story of the daring copper who had an affair with E M Forster and enforced the law while breaking it.

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Insane father shot his daughter and then shot himself

Marital break-up is a traumatic time for everyone closely involved, but in Victorian times it was a great deal more rare and more likely to lead to lives being ruined. In the case of William Sutton, though, the explosive cocktail of his past experiences of war and as a prison officer led him to a murderous act few of us could comprehend. JAN BONDESON outlines the horrendous circumstances in his latest tale of Victorian murder in South London.

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