British v Boers at New Conisborough

March 1901

Mexborough and Swinton Times, March 22.

“British v Boers” at New Conisborough.

Patrick Birmingham and Fred Blackburn, fillers, of New Conisborough, were charged with committing a breach of the peace by fighting at New Conisborough on 10 March.

The defendants landlady appeared for the defendants.

Police Constable Barnett stated that at 10:30 PM on Sunday the 10th inst he was on duty in Loversall Street, in company with police Sgt Brown, when they heard a woman shouting at the top of the Street. They heard something about “murder” and when they got there they found the two defendants fighting furiously inside the house.

After some trouble this up; they were both covered with blood, and cut about the head. Blackburn used some very bad language. The house was in a state of confusion, the door was off the hinges.

P.S Brown, corroborated.

The loneliness said that the two defendants lodged with her, and were unable to be present; they were working. On the day in question they were arguing about the war, one being for the “Boers” and the other for the British.

They got to high words, and blows were struck, and Blackburn fell against the door which cut his head. The door was off the hinges before the row. No one screamed “Murder”. She was the only woman in the house.

The defendants were ordered to pay the costs.

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