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“Broadsword”, Hackney: burglar-slicer

“Broadsword” burglar alarm, Hackney • According to their website, Broadsword were formed in 1985 – and this sounder doesn’t look much younger. A broadsword is a heavy military sword, all the better for slicing up burglars. Wikipedia reckons they have “basket handles” (ie the kind that cover your hand), though the one illustrated here doesn’t. • Spotted: Paul Street, Hackney, London, EC2, England, 2008 • Politics: In the Labour constituency of Hackney South and Shoreditch

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