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In pictures: objects of crime

Never-before-seen objects from the Metropolitan Police’s Crime Museum will go on show at the Museum of London in October

Published: September 1, 2015 at 8:18 am
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Pin-cushion embroidered with human hair by repeat offender, Annie Parker, 1879. Annie was arrested more than 400 times for alcohol-related offences © Museum of London


Poster appeal for information on Jack the Ripper, issued by Metropolitan Police, 1888 © Museum of London


Masks used by the Stratton brothers – the first criminals to be convicted in Great Britain for murder based on fingerprint evidence, 1905 © Museum of London


Fold-up ladder and violin belonging to cat-burglar Charles Peace, who was executed in 1878. Known as a musician, Peace would return to the houses at which he had performed to rob the inhabitants of their valuables © Museum of London


Objects relating to the murder of Mrs Olive Durand-Deacon by John Haigh, 1949. Known as the Acid Bath Murderer, Haigh is known have killed six people, disposing of the bodies by placing them in concentrated sulphuric acid. Haigh was hanged in August 1949 © Museum of London


Balaclava and hat worn by one of the gunman involved in the Spaghetti House Siege of 1975. The siege saw nine members of staff at a London restaurant taken hostage by armed gunmen © Museum of London


The button that was used to convict David Greenwood of the murder of 16-year-old Nellie Trew, 1918 © Museum of London


Shrapnel from an unexploded Fenian bomb found at Paddington Station, 1884 © Museum of London


Implements used for counterfeiting seized by Metropolitan Police © Museum of London


Personal possessions of Ronnie Biggs and other members of the Great Train Robbery gang, recovered from their hideout at Leatherslade Farm, 1963 © Museum of London


Talcum powder tin used to conceal microfilm by the Krogers, members of a Russian spy ring, 1961 © Museum of London

Briefcase with syringe and poison intended for use by Ronnie and Reggie Kray against a witness at the Old Bailey (never used), 1968 © Museum of London


The Crime Museum Uncovered is on show at the Museum of London between 9 October–10 April 2016. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit the museum's website


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