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Regulations under the Metropolitan Police Act 1839

New powers, that would affect the ordinary person in London, were introduced under the Metropolitan Police Act of 1839.
Public houses could only open from 1p.m on Sundays, Christmas Day and Good Friday and could not sell alcohol to anyone under the age of sixteen.
Police would be able to enter unlicensed theatres, as well as gaming houses and enter premises where bear baiting or cock fighting was going on, to levy fines of £5.

Policing London in the C19th was a complicated business, much as it is today but as the population of London soared, more powers were needed.

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Amanda Moore INW