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Bates was a police officer in the 19th century.

Bates went with Inspector Arnold Porter to investigate a disturbance caused by Spring-heeled Jack. Arriving upon the scene, Bates fired on him to no avail and was forced to dodge Jack's attacks. Porter berated him for scaring Jack off.

Later, Bates was walking with Porter when the gaslights shattered and Pyrodines emerged from them. One of their number attacked and killed him. (COMIC: The Curious Tale of Spring-Heeled Jack)