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Metropolitan Police Act 1839

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LXXPower to take Recognizances at Station Houses on petty Charges.

And be it enacted, That whenever any Person charged with any Offence of which he is liable to be summarily convicted before a Magistrate, or with having carelessly done any Hurt or Damage, shall be, without the Warrant of a Magistrate, in the Custody of any Constable of the Metropolitan Police in charge of any Station House during the Time when the Police Courts shall be shut, it shall be lawful for such Constable, if he shall deem it prudent, to take the Recognizance of such Person, with or without Sureties, conditioned as herein-after mentioned.

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