Assaulting the Denaby Policeman

June 1880

Mexborough and Swinton Times, March 5

Assaulting the Denaby Policeman.

William Davies and Joshua Ridgley, both Colliers of Denaby, were charged with assaulting PC Midgley on the 21st ult.

The Constable stated that on Saturday nighthe was on duty in Denaby, at a little before 10 o’clock at night, when he heard a disturbance between the butcher´s shop, and the public house in the village.

He went to the place, and found two men just going to fight. They were both drunk and disorderly.

He ordered them away, but as one was not going when he told him, he got hold of him. Davis wanted to take both of the men away, and struck him on the breast.

He threatened to lock the men up and asked for his name, but he refused to give it. He (the officer) said he should report him.

Davis said the Constable struck him in the eye, blacking it. He was only taking the man home when Midgley struck him.

Ridgley said Midgley hit him in the mouth.

A fine of 20 shillings, including costs, was imposed upon Davis, and Ridgley, who did not strike the officer, was fined five shillings and costs.

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