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Old October 3rd, 2014, 06:43 AM   #1
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Default Chief Inspector James Alfred Izzard

I was reading an article about William Bull [medical student] who confessed to one of the Ripper Murders whilst drunk. [Daily News 4/10/1888] The article stated the case was being dealt with by City Inspector George Izzard and I have seen this name a couple of times for 1888 and onwards.
But the actual City Inspector was James Alfred Izzard, No 4289, joined 27/8/1874, retired as a City Chief Inspector on the 19/7/1900. [Born 1853/Welwyn/Hertfordshire.] Listed in the 1891 England Census as boarding/Police Station and listed as a Police Inspector. His daughter, Lilly Louisa Izzard, married another City Police Constable and on their marriage certificate of 1897, her father is listed as a Chief Inspector.
I believe there was an Inspector George Izzard, No 2951, joined on the 12/5/1859 and I know he reached the rank of sergeant and probably was promoted to Inspector but he would have retired in approximately 1885/1886.
Does anybody have any other information on City Inspector James Alfred Izzard....I know he was in charge of crowd control after the Mitre Square murder.
Hope this might be of interest.
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Old October 3rd, 2014, 07:56 AM   #2
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Hi Alan

Here's his farewell celebration. Times Jan 9th 1901 :
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Old October 3rd, 2014, 09:34 AM   #3
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Default Inspector James Izzard's retirement

Hello Robert,
That article is brilliant, I would never have thought of looking in that direction. I find it amazing that local people and others would have collected 200 guineas for a retirement, that must have been a huge amount in those days.

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Old October 3rd, 2014, 10:14 AM   #4
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You're welcome, Alan. Yes, he seems to have been very highly regarded.
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Old October 3rd, 2014, 10:50 AM   #5
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You're welcome, Alan. Yes, he seems to have been very highly regarded.
Even William Bull attended the do !!
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Old October 3rd, 2014, 11:23 AM   #6
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"Even William Bull attended the do !!"

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Old October 3rd, 2014, 11:54 AM   #7
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Hi Jon,
I actually noticed that too, that a 'Mr W Bull,' attended the retirement. If I remember right....the young drunken William Bull who made the confession, came from a highly respectable family and was normally of very good character. Maybe it was his father or maybe he even attended because I get the impression that Inspector Izzard seemed to be a descent and professional policeman. That would make a nice story but probably not what actually happened.

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Old October 3rd, 2014, 12:10 PM   #8
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Default Press report/courtesy of Inspector Izzard

Actually, there is a really nice article under, 'Casebook Jack the Ripper Star 1 October 1888,' about Inspector Izzard. Unfortunately I'm not sure how to attach it, onto this message.
Anyway, it is called 'A Contrast,' and compares the treatment of the press when dealing with the Metropolitan Police and the City Police and guess who comes out on top...yes...Inspector Izzard of the City Police.
He really must have been a nice guy.
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Old October 3rd, 2014, 02:16 PM   #9
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Hi Alan

Just linking to it is enough :

http://www.casebook.org/press_reports/star/s881001.html

Here is the late Chris Scott tracing William Bull :

http://www.casebook.org/forum/messages/4922/16203.html
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Old October 3rd, 2014, 03:16 PM   #10
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Thanks for the information Robert and that's a mass of work on 'William Bull' done on the forum.

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