READING Mr Leigh Clark’s letter in the Times Talk pages, Thursday March 17 caught my attention. He mentioned that his great great great grandfather was James Robert Radford, Superintendent of Chesterfield police in 1846. The newspapers of the day recorded his name and rank as James Radford, Superintendent Constable of Chesterfield during the ‘Murder in the Shambles’ trial. On that occasion he arrested the butcher John Platts the murderer, on 15 September, 1846.
How do I know this? John Platts was half-brother to my great great grandfather, Henry Knight.
“Murder in the Shambles”
l Editor’s note - we will be putting Mr Knight in contact with our correspondent, Leigh Clark.