Mexborough & Swinton Times – Friday 18 September 1891
Colliery Offences at Denaby
Edward Lloyd, a miner, living at Denaby and employed at the Denaby Main Colliery, was fined 20s. and costs for neglecting to set a sufficient number of sprags while holing in the pit, according to rule, on 29th ult.
George Smith, a miner, of Conisborough, employed at the same colliery, was fined a similar amount for carrying matches on the same date. The searcher found six in his waistcoat pocket, but the defendant’s defence was that he had never had the waistcoat on before, and was totally unaware that the matches were in it. He had worked in the mine years and a more careful man never entered it.
Mr. Hickmott prosecuted in both cases.