Copies of the Police Gazette have been made available online.
Ancestry.co.uk has released the following information:
Police Gazettes 1812-1927
“You can uncover your ancestors’ uncomfortable secrets and grisly tales in the latest addition to our criminal collections – scanned images of the Police Gazette. Produced in London by the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police Service, the newspaper is packed with information on wanted criminals, missing persons and army deserters.
“It includes very specific details such as names and aliases, physical descriptions, where they were from, occupation, known associates and much more. It even features photographs or sketches from photographs to aid the police in capturing the scoundrels and gives you specific details of their dastardly deeds.”
Scoundrels? Dastardly deeds? Somehow, I don’t think Ancestry are taking this very seriously!
Unfortunately, not all the pages of the later issues of the Police Gazette have been digitised and indexed, but it’s very useful that so much has been done.