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CRIME CHRONICLES: An unexplainable assault in Abbots Langley

 Published on: 19th July 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Welcome to a new feature, Crime Chronicles, where we delve into the past of Abbots Langley, Bedmond, Leavesden and Hunton Bridge and uncovering the crimes of yesteryear that have taken place there…

This month’s story concerns Robert Dunn Jr, who was a young police officer of 32 at the time of the incident described.

It was New Year’s Eve 1853 when Robert was tasked with serving a summons to a man named George Trapp at an Abbots Langley High Street beer hall.

However, whilst attempting to complete the assignment, another man, named George Bennett, inexplicably decided to snatch the summons out of the young officer’s hands, and tore it up.

As Robert left the establishment, even more bafflingly, Bennett followed him out, and proceeded to push and trip the other man up. He then jumped on the young officer several times, produced a knife and threatened to ‘rip him apart’.

Luckily, Robert was able to get away, after which he was examined by a Kings Langley doctor. He had injuries to his groin, side and stomach, and a slash in his coat caused by Bennett’s knife.

Following the incident, Bennett was charged with assaulting an officer during the execution of his duties and would be sentenced to two years of hard labour.

As for Robert, he would recover from the attack, and would eventually go on to be promoted to sergeant before retiring in 1875. As for Bennett’s reasons for attacking him, they remain a mystery to this day.

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