Scotland Yard has been known as the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police in London since 1829.
The area is mentioned in several Sherlock Holmes stories in relation to crimes and other characters — in particular, Inspector Lestrade. He was described as "a lean, ferret-like man, furtive and sly-looking" in The Boscombe Valley Mystery and had similar descriptions in other stories. Lestrade is another admirer and observer of Sherlock Holmes, and is the legal action behind Holmes’ detective work, like in “The Adventure of the Cardboard Box” .
Due to the prominence of Inspector Lestrade, and also Sherlock’s line of work, Scotland Yard is mentioned fairly often in the stories. While Sherlock did not work for the Police Force of Scotland Yard, the station did appear in several of Sherlock’s investigations.
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