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Women sent to Quarter Sessions

Hull Daily Mail, Saturday 29th February 1908

(From our own correspondent).

At Brigg yesterday [28th February 1908], Ellen Johnson and Annie Crawford, Shrewsbury, were charged on remand with stealing, at Brigg, 26 from Charles Brumpton, retired farmer, Broughton; also with being drunk and disorderly and assaulting PC Credland at Winteringham.  Superintendent Reed traced the prisoners to Winteringham and there informed PC Credland of the oddurrence.  After midnight that officer arrested them for being drunk and disorderly.  Both were violent and assaulted him.  When taken into custody one of the women threw something away, and later it was discovered to be 25 10s tied up in rag.  The charge os assault was dismissed, and for drunkenness a fine of 13s including costs was imposed.  On the other charge they were committed for trial to the Quarter Sessions.


Peculiar Case

Stamford Mercury, Friday 25th February 1910

"I do not want to harm the woman.  I said I would not.  I cannot kill anything.  I cannot do it.  I don't kill flies.  Should a moth fly into the house, my wife must kill it; I cannot.  I can bring my father and my mother, and my four brothers and my three sisters, and my uncle and my aunts, and my cousins, to prove that I am a man of peace.  I am not a man of blood at all.  I never hurt anybody in my life."  These were the words used in the Scunthorpe police-court on Friday by Walter Herbert Robinson, law clerk, who was arrested on a warrant for threatening his wife Martha Elizabeth, at Winteringham and he was remanded in custody until Monday, so that he could, as he desired, bring witnesses, "who knew that he was anything but a murderous man."  The facts were that on Wednesday his wife, who has property, applied at the Court for a separation order, and, after giving evidence of frequent desertions, and the fact that she had kept him for yen years, was awarded a maintenance order of 5s per week, but no separation.  Prisoner, who had been a law clerk in Birmingham, went to her shop at Winteringham on Thursday afternoon, and forced himself in.  Mrs Robinson was then talking to ex-police Inspector Andrews, of Sheffield, who was negotiating for her business.  Defendant then said he should have killed her years ago, and said he would kill her yet.  He stayed in the house with Mr Andrews while the woman went for a warrant, and he remarked to the ex-police Inspector, "You don't know what I have in my pocket?" to which the witness replied, "And I'm sure I don't care."  On Monday defendant was bound over for twelve months.

Everyone has Words at Times!

Hull Daily Mail Tuesday 14th October 1930

Scunthorpe Policeman's View on Marriage

There was an amusing passage of words at Scunthorpe Police Court on Monday between a man summoned for using obscene language and the policeman giving evidence against him.

The defendant, William Arnfield, of Winteringham, replied to PC Cherriman's allegation that he was swearing loudly at his wife by asking, "Do you ever have any bother with your missus?"

Mr Talbot Cliff (the chairman): Answer him Cherriman.

PC Cherriman (blushing): Well I should think everyone has at times, but I don't swear at her.

Arnfield: It is evident you will be applying for the Flitch.

The Chairman: Perhaps he does occasionally have words with his wife, but he does not use obscene language.

Arnfield: I don't know about that; I know he does.

Supt Hutchinson: Well, he is not charged with it today.

Arnfield, who used the language complained of in his caravan, was fined 7s 6d.  A previous fine of 15s for a similar offence had not been paid, and he was given three weeks to pay both fines.

Lived Beyond His Means

Nottingham Evening Post Friday 2nd April 1937

Concrete Expert's Admission at Lincoln

That he had lived beyond his means was given as a reason for the lapse of Howard de Metz, 45, concrete expert, and a native of Brixton, who at Lindsey Quarter Sessions today, admitted that at Winteringham between April 14th 1936, and January 26th last, he converted to his own use 50 9s 8d which had been entrusted to him by his employers, the Franki Compressed Pile Co., Ltd.

It was stated that his employers did not desire extreme measures to be taken against him.

The magistrates bound him over in 10 for three years.

Prosecuting, Mr Sutton Nelthorpe stated that the offence took place while the accused was employed as superintendent on one of the firm's outside contracts.  His employers had not dispensed with his services, but he had been reduced to the position of a labourer.

De Metz stated that he had made arrangements to repay his employers.


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