I remember seeing the Bow Street Runners name crop up quite a lot in the "Entertainments" pages of the Tele back in the 70's, however, the original band of 5 brothers actually started out by calling themselves Annie's Boys.
2 of the brothers were well known Hulltoon Huns members and were always getting into trouble throughout the early 70's, but by the mid 70's they tried to get away from their life of gang wars and run-ins with the police, by forming a band. I'm sure their eventual choice of band name, Bow Street Runners, was decided on with a touch of ironic humour!
A typical ad of the kind I was referring to is the example above taken from an old Tele I have dated March 1977. It's for a gig along at the Quarter Gill.
So, they ended up swapping their tiffs for riffs, gigged locally on a regular basis, and toured around the UK too.
What I'd like to know is - did they use HH amplifiers?!