A stolen car being driven without lights caught the attention of Police Constable Arthur Lawes, 27, when he was on beat duty in Garratt Lane, Tooting, south-west London. He stepped into the road to flag it down but was run over by it.

The car sped away without stopping, and the following day, Saturday, August 16th, 1930, Constable Lawes died of his injuries. A coroner’s inquest in October recorded a verdict of manslaughter.