The village bobby
What's all this then? Archive photos, unseen for more than half a century, taken at a time when village policing could mean rounding up a stray cow.
Photographs, taken in 1949, have been discovered lying forgotton in an attic.
PC Dennis Thorne
The pictures show East Meon's PC Dennis Thorne, who was photographed for an American magazine.
You can see the photos in our village bobby gallery. Use the link to the right of this page.
The idea was to show US readers how England was adjusting to life post-war.
PC Thorne can be seen rounding up a cow, chatting to villagers and posing proudly with his trusty bike.
The archive was discovered by Dennis's son Martin.
East Meon still has a policeman and Martin has come back to the village, to share these snapshots of social history with the man who wears the uniform today - PC Dave Baker.
PC Baker still has a bike but he normally uses his car - the response time is faster!
Times may have changed but have they changed for the better? Would you feel safer if there was a more visible police presence in your community? Use the form below to tell us what you think.
last updated: 13/09/07
Have Your Say
Would you like to see a return to the days when the village bobby was a more familiar sight?
Martin Thorne (PC Thorne's Son)
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