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Henry Solomon (died 14 March 1844)[1] was the first Chief Constable of Brighton Borough Police.[2] He was appointed as Chief Constable in 1838,[3] which was a notable appointment in that period as he was a Jewish man.[4] While interviewing a prisoner he was bludgeoned with a poker, causing head injuries from which he later died.[5] An appeal to which Queen Victoria gave £50 raised a large sum for the welfare of his widow and nine children.[2] Solomon is thought to be the only chief constable in the United Kingdom to have been murdered in his own police station.[6][7] His ghost reputedly haunts the basement of the office buildings.[4][7] He is buried in Brighton's Florence Place Old Jewish Burial Ground [8 ] where he has been considered to be the 'celebrity' grave.[9] In 2004, his was one of several local names to be chosen to appear on the front of a new fleet of buses in Brighton.[3]

The inscription on Solomon's gravestone reads " 15 years chief officer of police| of the town of Brighton| who was brutally murdered| while in the public discharge| of the duties of his office|on the 14th day of March 1844| in the fiftieth year of his age." [8 ]

References

  1. ^ Erredge, John Ackerson. History of Brighthelmston, or Brighton as I view it and others knew it. Brighton: Lewis. p. 246. http://books.google.com/books?id=uK8HAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA246&dq=%22Henry+Solomon%22+Brighton&as_brr=3. Retrieved 2008-04-24.  
  2. ^ a b "Henry Solomon". Middle Street Synagogue, a part of Brighton's history. Friends of Middle Street Historic Synagogue. p. 19. http://www.bhhc-shul.org/publicity/msbiographicaltour.pdf. Retrieved 2008-04-24.  
  3. ^ a b "New buses celebrate city's past". The Argus (Newsquest Media Group). 2004-04-02. http://archive.theargus.co.uk/2004/4/2/115942.html. Retrieved 2008-04-24.  
  4. ^ a b "Old Police Cells Museum". Sussex Police. http://www.sussex.police.uk/about_us/aboutus_museum.asp. Retrieved 2008-04-24.  
  5. ^ Edmund Burke, ed (1845). The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1844. London: Woodfall & Son. p. 29. http://books.google.com/books?id=jc0kh800jGIC&pg=RA3-PA29&dq=%22Henry+Solomon%22+Brighton&as_brr=3. Retrieved 2008-04-24.  
  6. ^ "Lottery boost for police museum". BBC News. 2006-11-25. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/southern_counties/6183136.stm. Retrieved 2008-04-24.  
  7. ^ a b "Tied to His Work". Notorious murders/Timeless classics. Courtroom Television Network, LLC., Time Warner. http://www.crimelibrary.com/notorious_murders/classics/haunted_crime_scene2/11.html. Retrieved 2008-04-24.  
  8. ^ a b Sharman Kadish, Jewish Heritage in England : An Architectural Guide, English Heritage, 2006, p. 79
  9. ^ Singh, Tejvir (2004). New Horizons in Tourism: Strange Experiences and Stranger Practices. Cambridge, MA: CABI Publishing. p. 76. ISBN 0851998631. http://books.google.com/books?id=_8ek9zCDPCYC&pg=RA1-PA76&dq=%22Henry+Solomon%22+Brighton&as_brr=3&sig=G_LHy8gAiiWzHXt_TFk3AC5OHHU#PRA1-PA76,M1. Retrieved 2008-04-24.  

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