Unusual mascot for Chichester City Police

Kerill Winters, exhbitions officer at the Novium, showing PC Jimmy Upton, a city team officer, a picture of Chichester City Police taken in the 1880s and other items which could have been used by them. Kate Shemilt C131128-2

Kerill Winters, exhbitions officer at the Novium, showing PC Jimmy Upton, a city team officer, a picture of Chichester City Police taken in the 1880s and other items which could have been used by them. Kate Shemilt C131128-2

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A PHOTOGRAPH reveals members of Chichester’s early police force had an unusual mascot – a cat.

The image was taken in the 1880s shows eight members of Chichester City Police posing for an official force photograph with their moggy mascot.

The photograph is part of a new exhibition at The Novium in Chichester.

Officers at Chichester’s current police station say they did not know of the photograph’s existence until the new exhibition and they have been keen to find out more about it.

The new exhibition – A Window on the History of Chichester – looks at how the city and district developed over the past 2,000 years.

It explores eight key time periods which helped define the city’s present surroundings, beginning with Chichester’s connection to the Roman world, all the way up to the Victorian era.

Cllr Eileen Lintill, Chichester District Council’s cabinet member for leisure, wellbeing and community services, said: “This new exhibition displays items that have never been on show and tells stories that have never been told before.”