Supt Duke’s vigilence paid off when he spotted a wanted criminal in Braughing recently. William Arthur Law, a former hotel keeper at Hastings, was on a charge of assaulting an 11 year old girl but had absconded in December 1899. Supt Duke had been on the alert for him for some time and became suspicious of a man staying at the Golden Fleece in Braughing.
He arrested him and brought him to Ware Police Station, where Law was identified by a member of the Sussex Constabulary. The prisoner had £1,600 worth of notes and gold in his possession at the time of his arrest. Law was committed for trial at Battle Petty Sessions.