Holding back a crowd of Beatles superfans, confronting a gang of Teddy Boys and tackling anti-Vietnam protesters: Newly released archive photos show life of bobbies on the beat in the 1950s and 60s

  • Images of uniformed officers dealing with troublemakers have been released by photo archive TopFoto
  • One shows police holding back a crowd of Beatles super fans outside of Buckingham Palace in October 1965
  • Another shows police apprehending Dartmoor Prison escapee Trevor Davies in Tavistock on July 20, 1963
  • A third shows officers questioning a group of Teddy Boys, one of whom is slicking his hair back with a comb 

Furiously scribbling on their notepads, three police officers have cornered a trio of Teddy Boys.  

As they ask questions while dressed in their smart tunics and traditional custodian helmets, one of the young men seems more interested in his hair and is seen slicking it back with a comb.  

The image, which was taken in London in the 1950s, is one of a collection of of newly released photos showing the police in action decades ago.   

Another image shows police apprehending Dartmoor Prison escapee Trevor Davies in Tavistock on July 20, 1963, before they transfer him back to the prison. 

Officers are also seen arresting a boisterous football spectator at the FA Cup fifth round match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Highbury on February 15, 1964.

A fourth shows police holding back a crowd of Beatles super fans outside of Buckingham Palace, London, on October 26, 1965.

The incredible images, which offer a glimpse into the day to day struggles of police on the beat, have been released by the TopFoto archives. 

Furiously scribbling on their notepads, three police officers have cornered a trio of Teddy Boys. As they ask questions while dressed in their smart tunics and traditional custodian helmets, one of the young men seems more interested in his hair and is seen slicking it back with a comb. The image, which was taken in the 1950s, is one of a collection of of newly colourised photos showing the police in action decades ago

Another shows police holding back a crowd of Beatles super fans outside of Buckingham Palace, London, on October 26, 1965. The five officers have linked arms to try to stop the hysterical fans from breaking through

Officers are also seen arresting a boisterous football spectator – escorting him out of the FA Cup fifth round match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Highbury, North London, on February 15, 1964

An anti-Vietnam War demonstration in Grosvenor Square, London, in March 1968. The incredible images, which offer a glimpse into the day to day struggles of police on the beat, have been released by the TopFoto archives

Another image shows police apprehending Dartmoor Prison escapee Trevor Davies in Tavistock on July 20, 1963, before they transfer him back to the prison

Police fingerprint experts examine a car after 37-year-old Michael Gregsten was shot dead and 20 year old Valerie Storie was seriously wounded in an attack in Ilford, Essex, in August 1961

Police are seen in this image, which was taken during a protest in London on July 11, 1963, holding a man by his shirt as they appear to attempt to force him into their van

Officers arrest another boisterous football spectator – escorting him out of the FA Cup fifth round match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Highbury on February 15, 1964



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Before they could take to the roads on motorbikes, police had to be trained in a safe environment. Pictured above during training in at the Metropolitan Police’s training college in Hendon, North London, in 1964, a male officer and his female counterpart are seen driving a motorbike and moped

A policeman holds onto a horse as its rider votes inside the polling station in Knightsbridge, London, during the General Election on October 15, 1964

Police Constable Dyble takes enquiries from a member of the public at the one-man police station in New Addington, Surrey, on March 26, 1962

A policeman is covered with flour during a protest outside of the American Embassy in Grosvenor Square, in Mayfair, London, on October 22, 1967, in response to the Vietnam War

Young men who marched from Hyde Park to the Houses of Parliament to protest against the youth unemployment problem are seen on February 11, 1964

A general view of the operations room of the Bedfordshire CID as police continued the murder hunt for the A6 killer who shot dead Micheal Gregson and assaulted Valerie Storie – taken on August 31, 1961

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