Mugshots of Victorian criminals found inside Derby police ledger

An album featuring a collection of haunting criminal mugshots from the Victorian era and beyond is set to fetch thousands at auction after being rescued from a skip.

The Peaky Blinders-style images were discovered inside a police ledger dating from between 1890 to 1920.

The document mentions Alice Wheeldon, a woman convicted of plotting to kill the then British Prime Minister David Lloyd George more than a century ago.

Overall, there are 500 pages and every one features a grainy mug shot and details of crimes ranging from theft, burglary, shoplifting and assault.

Lesser offences include petty theft such as stealing a comb, bad language or even being an ‘incorrigible rogue’.

The fascinating document of ‘serious importance’ was rescued from a skip by a former police officer working in Derby over 40 years ago.

His son is now selling the book via Hansons Auctioneers where it is expected to fetch between £2,000-£3,000 on October 19.

The crooks include many from Derby but also men and women…

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